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First Pitch: The Rays are the Model Team and Haven’t Won a World Series

First Pitch: The Rays are the Model Team and Haven’t Won a World Series

What Would the Rays Do?

If you've read this site long enough, you will have seen that phrase from me. And by "long enough", I mean "for at least a week". The Rays are the model organization for any small market team. They've found a way to win with a much smaller payroll, in the biggest spending division in baseball, while also removing the word "window" from their vocabulary. They're able to sustain this success because they make smart baseball moves left and right. They don't over-value names, they value talent, and they're not afraid to trade an established player for prospects and replace that player with an unestablished, but talented prospect.

I don't think every move has to be like the Rays. They would never have gone for Jose Abreu, and I would have been fine with the Pirates going after the first baseman. But when it comes to uncomfortable moves like the idea of trading Francisco Liriano for a huge return, then replacing him with an unknown, I'm in. Maybe I'm more comfor...

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