No small-revenue team in any sport does more with less better than the Rays. The 2013 campaign proved that once again.

Tampa Bay entered the season having made one major move over the winter, but they made it count.

The Rays in December 2012 traded righthanders James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals for four prospects, including outfielder Wil Myers, the system’s No. 1 prospect entering 2013, and righthander Jake Odorizzi, the top dog this time around.

While that deal helped make the Royals more relevant, the Rays became one of the American League’s streakiest teams. With manager Joe Maddon operating his lineup like a mad scientist, the Rays remained in the playoff hunt and wound up advancing to the AL Division Series by taking a trio of must-win road games against three teams—the Blue Jays, Rangers and Indians—in four days to close the season.

The achievement helped clinch the Rays’ fourth trip to the postseason in six years, including five seasons with at least 90 wins.

The trade with Kansas City not only saved Tampa Bay nearly $14 million in payroll for 2013—keeping the Rays at $57.5 million, 28th in the majors—it also provided immediate impact. Myers emerged as the AL Rookie of the Year once he received the call in mid-June. The 22-year-old hit .293/.354/.478 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs in 88 games.