It is no secret that the Tampa Bay Rays are one of the smartest organizations in baseball. With a roster that is constantly in flux, they have managed to make the playoffs three out of the past four seasons despite sharing a division with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. That’s an accomplishment most organizations only dream off.
As they prepare for the 2011 offseason, there are once again significant questions hanging over them. Despite success on the field, they have failed miserably in the stands. Unable to draw a crowd, the Rays are constantly forced to develop young talent while trading away their high-priced stars. A year ago saw Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena leave via free agency, while Matt Garza was shipped out via trade.
Who could be dealt away this season? Let’s take a look at the five most likely candidates: