I would LOVE for the Ray to be at the point in three years where they are considered legit threats for the AL East title (notice I didn't say win it, I am a Sox fan after all
With that said though I'd love to see them reach that point, and the same goes for the O's and to a lesser extent the Jays who are on the cusp themselves, because I'm tired of hearing all the experts and pundits claim that whoever wins the East (be it Yankees or Red Sox recently) is tainted because they "beat up" on the Rays and O's, and to a lesser extent the Jays, although mweir will proudly (and gladly) tell you how badly the Jays have owned the Sox the last few years
If in three years you can tell me that coming into spring, the East is wide open, I'll take it. Competition brings out the best. I also love when downtrodden franchises see a reversal of fortune and start to win, either for the first time or again. It's cool seeing real fans that stuck by their teams during the hard times get rewarded with a good ballclub and I hope that for the Rays. Some good Rays people on here and I have a few close personal O's friends so I hope they can find their footing also.
As as has been stated before, NY and Boston will always be able to spend so they'll always be in the discussion but if the other three teams were to "make the leap", either because of prospects or what have you, I welcome it with open arms.