Tampa Bay Rays fans entered the 2012 season with renewed optimism.
The return of first baseman Carlos Pena, signing of power-hitting designated hitter Luke Scott and addition of rookie pitcher Matt Moore helped give promise that a third American League East title was within reach.
The Rays did finish with 90 victories, but several factors worked against them as they were eliminated from playoff contention in the final week of the season.
The Rays did make a late run, but despite winning 10 of their last 11 games, it wasn't enough to claim a playoff spot. Tampa Bay finished three games behind in the wild-card race.
Now the Rays look ahead to another offseason that could bring significant roster changes. Center fielder B.J. Upton becomes a free agent, along with Pena, J.P. Howell, Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta and Jeff Keppinger. Scott's option likely will not be picked up, and nine other players are arbitration eligible.
Looking ahead, what should be the Rays' biggest priority heading into the offseason? Should they make some major moves to help their weak offense, or would a few minor tweaks and a healthy Longoria be enough to get them back into the playoffs? Vote in our poll and offer your comments below.