Trade Deadline Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

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Heading into the 2014 season, the Tampa Bay Rays were predicted by many to reach the playoffs. With a rotation fronted by David Price and Matt Moore, as well as a lineup that appeared set to be better than last season, the Rays seemed to be set to continue their impressive run near the top of the American League East.

Instead, virtually everything that could have gone wrong for the Rays has. Moore made two starts before being lost for the season due to Tommy John surgery. Jeremy Hellickson has yet to pitch this year and Alex Cobb spent time on the disabled list as well. The offense, which was expected to improve, instead ranks 24th in runs scored and 20th in OPS. Unlike in years past, the Rays pitching staff has not been good enough to make up for these offensive struggles.

So where does that leave the Rays as they approach the trade deadline? For the first time in years, they would seemingly be sellers at the trade deadline.

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