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RCG Mailbag: Have Tampa Bay Rays Improved Their Future This Offseason?

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Sep 20, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist (18), shortstop Yunel Escobar (11) and second base Nick Franklin (2) congratulate each other after they beat the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to the RCG Mailbag, where we take some of those burning Tampa Bay Rays questions on your mind and attempt to give you some answers. To submit a question, comment on any of our posts here or on Facebook, email us at rayscoloredglasses at gmail dot com, or tweet me @RobbieKnopf.

W Van Landingham III asks: Have the Rays done anything this offseason to make the team better, for this season or in the future?

In fairness to W Van Landingham III, he asked this question before the Ben Zobrist trade took place. The overarching thing here, though, is to look at every transaction the Rays have made, both individually and as a whole, and see how the Rays’ 2015 and future prognoses differ from where they were at the beginning of the offseason. Skip to the last slide for the overall look.

To make this piece a little more readable, we’ll use our new slideshow format that you have begun to see here at RCG in recent days. This is a mailbag where I’m answering reader questions, but I have a quick question for you guys as well: do you like the slideshows or not?

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