Few outside the Devil Rays' clubhouse ever expect much from the team. It's hard to have a positive outlook when Tampa Bay has never won more than 70 games in a season since the franchise debuted in 1998.
After finishing last in the majors in runs in 2006, their offense has nowhere to go but up. The club is hoping the acquisition of third baseman Akinori Iwamura (who hit .311 with 32 HRs in Japan last year) will provide a much-needed spark.
Don't expect any miracle playoff berths this season, but the D-Rays might show more signs of progress. With a stable of great athletes -- Delmon Young, Rocco Baldelli, Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton -- they should be fun to watch.
Unfortunately, athleticism isn't enough to make up for weak pitching. Scott Kazmir (22-20) is the only starter in the rotation with a winning career record.
Is this the year the Devil Rays finally crack the .500 mark? Let us know what you think.