For some baseball players it's all about the dollars. For the Rays it's about dollars and sense The budget constraints of the Tampa Bay Rays have been so well publicized over the last several years that the narratives have become old. Every offseason is dominated by stories about the Rays losing top performers to free agency trading away high priced pitchers and scavenging in the market for players high payroll teams won't touch. This past season the Rays maintained the third lowest payroll ahead of only the atrocious Marlins and Astros. Even the media darling Oakland A's spent more than the Rays. The difference in payrolls is obvious when comparing the Rays' payroll to the other teams in the AL East. When Boston spends only $60000000 on new players in free agency it's considered a thrifty offseason.