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"The Rays, among the final four, are the cute low-payroll, small-market team. What’s interesting is how they’re not as homegrown as you would expect given those labels. There were 18 Rays worth at least a half-win this year; of those, just four were drafted by the Rays, and just six were originally signed by them. One was Division Series hero Mike Brosseau, famously undrafted back in 2016."