2011 MLB Playoffs: How the Rays Were Built

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2011 MLB Playoffs: How the Rays Were Built
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Win or lose, the Rays have made quite an impression this postseason.

Win, lose, or draw, the Tampa Bay Rays are playing on house money. They weren't supposed to be in the playoffs from the get go and they have the lowest payroll of all the teams in the playoffs. 2012 or beyond was supposed to be their time.

They have a number of talented young players in their system and a number of talented players already on the team. They made history when they had a five-man rotation without a 30-year-old. That should continue next year with the development of Matt Moore. 

Here is a look at the important players currently in the ALDS. We will look at what their role was in 2011 and what they have done in the ALDS. Finally, we will look at how they acquired. In one of those SAT kind of questions, see if you can decipher a pattern.

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