The Rays traded Garza to the Cubs in an eight player deal.
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates don't share a lot of similarities these days. The Rays broke out in 2008, and have been contending in the tough American League East ever since. The Pirates, on the other hand, just completed their 18th losing season in a row in 2010. However, both small market teams share a few similarities heading in to the 2011 season.
The Rays came in to the day with a projected payroll just over $38 M, according to Rays Index. They were also shopping their highest paid player, Matt Garza, who is making $5.25 M in 2011. The Pirates came in to the day with a projected $40.5 M payroll, and have been reported to be shopping Paul Maholm this off-season, who makes $5.75 M. But again, the Rays...
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