It is bad enough the Rays have to share the division with the defending World Champions and the largest payroll in the game. It hurts more when Boston, with its sizable payroll, has a shrewd GM that can get great deals. John Lackey was not cheap, but Marco Scutaro came at a slight discount, Mike Cameron at a larger discount, and the Red Sox just signed Adrian Beltre for $9m in 2010 with a $5m player option for 2011. The team defense that hurt Boston all last year is a thing of the past now with Cameron, Beltre, and Scutaro in the fold.
We could see three teams in this division win 90 games and have one of them stay home. To put that into a painful perspective, the Red Sox are paying Adrian Beltre the same amount the Rays are paying Pat Burrell in 2010. Sometimes, I really hate the fact the Rays are in the A.L. East and tonight is one of those nights.