TAMPA BAY RAYS

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Former Nationals outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. didn't waste time making an impact on his new team, the Tampa Bay Rays.

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One day after getting released by the Nationals, 37-year-old veteran reliever Heath Bell has decided to call it a career. The right-hander retired on Tuesday after 11 major league seasons.

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After playing as a second baseman down the stretch of the 2014 season with the Nationals, it appeared Asdrubal Cabrera may have found his future MLB home.

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2014 record: 77-85, 4th place in AL East

Manager: Kevin Cash, 1st season

Estimated 2015 payroll: $75 million

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The immediate reaction to Wednesday night's trade — the Nationals sent All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for journeyman infielder Yunel Escobar — was fairly passionate.

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