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PBT ranks baseballs worst off-seasons


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Lazy writing following the bash the Orioles crowd. Sure we are having a typical yawner of an offseason, but we're not alone in that regard either.

Remind me what TB has done this offseason that has really improved their team. Everybody knows that they have to trade David Price and they haven't pulled the trigger yet.

The same crowd has the Rays as having the second best offseason so far.

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/29/ranking-the-best-off-seasons-so-far/

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Lazy writing following the bash the Orioles crowd. Sure we are having a typical yawner of an offseason, but we're not alone in that regard either.

Remind me what TB has done this offseason that has really improved their team. Everybody knows that they have to trade David Price and they haven't pulled the trigger yet.

Why do they have to trade David Price?

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