Big changes to plucky Tampa Bay Rays

Is ace pitcher David Price on his way out of Tampa Bay? (Getty Images/AFP)

Is ace pitcher David Price on his way out of Tampa Bay? (Getty Images/AFP)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:22 AM ET

Nobody in baseball does more with less than the Tampa Bay Rays. That’s a storyline that will continue for 2014 and the foreseeable future beyond that.

With one of the smallest payrolls in baseball — $58 million in 2013, ranked 28th of MLB’s 30 teams — the Rays have come off their fourth post-season appearance in six years. For the third year in a row, they are casualties of the division round at the end of an entertaining series against the Boston Red Sox, whose payroll ($155 million) is almost triple what the Rays have to work with.

Principal owner Stuart Sternberg has already made it clear that this year’s attendance total, the worst in all of baseball, will affect how much money the team will spend on players in 2014. Given that national TV revenues will give every team an additional $25 million windfall next year, the Tampa Bay payroll won’t go down, but it certainly won’t increase enough to handle the demands of their current players.


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