i'm convinced that if they wanted to, the rays could contend next year by spending an additional $15-20 million next year:
1) sign burnett
2) sign millwood
3) send away delmon young for barry zito
4) sign a couple decent MRs
bam. instant contender for the wild card if not the division.
their offense is already top-notch, and if they could just get a few more decent arms to bring in around kazmir, they'd be set. baez will be fine as closer, and their bullpin wasn't that bad last year.
anyhow, they could probably do all 4 things i mentioned above and still have a payroll about half that of the redsox and 1/4-1/3 of the yankees.
now, i'm not saying it would be in their long-term interest to send away delmon for zito (or to sign burnett and millwood.... both have injury histories and have bounced between elite and mediocrity), i'm just saying that they could do it easily.
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