The Rays were disappointing in 2015, as injuries kept the rotation from the full dominance it was capable of, while the Wil Myers trade was a disaster that left a hole in the lineup. They'll try again in 2016, this time with Matt Moore further removed from Tommy John surgery, and eventually with Alex Cobb coming back, too. Between their defense and rotation, there just might be a playoff team here, so long as they catch a break or two this time around.
Corey Dickerson was the prize for dealing closer Jake McGee, and while he longer benefits from Coors Field as his home park, he should still be a menace against right-handed pitchers, and one of the Rays' better hitters.
All additions: Corey Dickerson, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Danny Farquhar
Losing Jake McGee hurts mostly because his replacement, Brad Boxberger, is currently recovering from surgery and will miss a large chunk of 2016. The Rays still have some arms, though, and a rotation that could serve to lessen the pen's load.
All departures: Jake McGee, Asdrubal Cabrera, John Jaso, Nate Karns
The rotation is healthy and dominant, with Matt Moore returning to his promising, pre-Tommy John form. The defense does its usual thing, and the lineup manages to keep any significant holes from opening thanks in large part to adds like Corey Dickerson and Brad Miller. If the Rays are healthy and the lineup can be at least average, this could be a team that beats anyone in the AL.
The Rays finished 80-82 in 2015 despite a surprise breakout season from Logan Forsythe and five starters with well above-average numbers, and it's because the backup options weren't able to keep up the pace of those they replaced. They can be a good team and still miss the playoffs, like the rest of their division, so there is little room for failure once more.
Lineup: Logan Forsythe, Kevin Kiermaier, Evan Longoria, Corey Dickerson, Desmond Jennings, Logan Morrison, Steve Souza, Curt Casali, Brad Miller
Rotation: Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Drew Smyly, Erasmo Ramirez, Matt Moore