2010 record/finish: 96-66, first place; lost in first round of playoffs
Manager: Joe Maddon (sixth season)
Key additions: LF Johnny Damon, DH Manny Ramirez, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Kyle Farnsworth
Key losses: LF Carl Crawford, RHP Matt Garza, SS Jason Bartlett, 1B Carlos Peña, C Dioner Navarro
Outlook: The AL East champions had a difficult offseason, losing three of their better hitters in Crawford, Bartlett and Peña. But it was inevitable because the franchise simply didn’t have the money to keep them all. The Rays still have 3B Evan Longoria and one of the top young rotations, led by lefty David Price.
Player to watch: DH Manny Ramirez. The enigmatic hitting savant returns to the AL East as a full-time DH. Will he hit? Will he stay healthy? Will he care?
Will win the east if ... the Red Sox and Yankees slip and the Rays’ bullpen is better than expected.