According to Marc Topkin of The St. Petersburg Times, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg indicated that he feels his team is good enough to win with the players they have.
"If I look around the team, there's nowhere that I think at this point that we could improve ourselves dramatically," Sternberg said before the game. "There's no glaring hole. I don't see a hole.
"With the guys we have here and those (returning) guys, yeah, this is what's getting it done. I don't think anyone is lining up to throw a great player at us. We're very fortunate. We really don't have glaring needs. It's just performance."
The returning guys he speaks of are the eight players currently on the DL, as Scott Kazmir, Chad Bradford, Fernando Perez and Brian Shouse are expected to return to the club at some point this season. Topkin mentions that the back of the bullpen could use an upgrade, but Sternberg replied "If we spend more money, it's not going to be on a closer." Before the season we learned that the Rays were unlikely to add payroll.