Tampa Bay Rays: A Position-by-Position Breakdown of the Rays at Spring Training

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Tampa Bay Rays: A Position-by-Position Breakdown of the Rays at Spring Training
Steven Senne/Associated Press

The Tampa Bay Rays have the necessary pieces to win the American League East in 2014.

Most franchises and fanbases probably feel that way at this time of year only to be disappointed as the season develops.

For the Rays, there is more than just a date on the calendar to provide the excitement.

They are coming off of their fourth postseason appearance in the last six seasons with every key contributor still on the roster. Marc Topkin from the Tampa Bay Times summed up how continuity makes this spring different from the usual.

The lack of turnover makes this different than a typical Rays spring, when there are usually enough new faces to require name tags. Player after player has reported this week talking about how excited he is to see the team kept intact, so much so that you expect to hear the Turtles' Happy Together among the tunes blaring from the iPad in Maddon's office.

The Rays added the talents of relief pitcher Grant Balfour and Heath Bell on top of retaining key players, including pitcher David Price and first baseman James Loney.

One thing that can be counted on is the Rays will continue to be a team with strong pitching and defense.

Here is a position-by-position breakdown of the Rays at spring training.

 

All statistics courtesy of baseball-reference unless otherwise noted. All quotations obtained firsthand from official Tampa Bay Rays notes from the Rays Communications staff unless otherwise noted.

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