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As the 2023 MLB season approaches, one MLB Network Insider is predicting a dark horse team to emerge from the American League East. According to the expert, the Tampa Bay Rays could be the team to watch out for.
The Rays have made it to the postseason in three of the last four seasons, with two appearances in the World Series. Despite their success, the team has been overshadowed by divisional rivals such as the Yankees, Red Sox, and Blue Jays.
However, the Rays have established themselves as a team to watch out for as they have continued to make shrewd moves to build a competitive roster. This offseason, the team acquired former American League Cy Young winner Blake Snell from the San Diego Padres.
The Rays have also had a top-five farm system since 2017 and the team’s long-term strategy of building from within should pay dividends in 2023. They have a core of young players like Wander Franco, Brandon Lowe, and Brendan McKay that could be primed for breakout seasons.
The team’s strength lies in its pitching staff. With Snell, Charlie Morton, and Tyler Glasnow, the Rays have three of the best starters in the American League. Additionally, their bullpen is deep with pitchers such as Nick Anderson, Ryan Yarbrough, and Diego Castillo.
The Rays’ roster is built to compete in the AL East, and with the right moves, they could be a legitimate contender in 2023. The team has made it to the World Series twice, and with the right combination of experience and young talent, they could be a dark horse to make a run in 2023.