Kazmir would prove to be a pivotal arm in Tampa Bay's ascent to the top of the American League in 2008. During his six-year tenure with the team, he went 55-44.
On the back end of Kazmir's time with the Rays, he was traded to the Angels on Aug. 28, 2009, in a deal that brought aboard infielder Sean Rodriguez and left-hander Alex Torres.
2. June 20, 2006: Acquired left-hander J.P. Howell from the Royals for outfielder Joey Gathright and infielder Fernando Cortez.
Howell began his tenure with the Rays as a starter but ultimately found his way to the bullpen, where he became a weapon against both right-handers and left-handers. In 2008, Howell's first year in the bullpen, he pitched a career-high 89 1/3 innings, compiling a 2.92 ERA.
3. July 12, 2006: Acquired right-hander Mitch Talbot and shortstop Ben Zobrist from the Astros for infielder Aubrey Huff.
Zobrist began his time with Tampa Bay as a shortstop before transitioning into a power-hitting utility player. Talbot became the player to be named in the deal with the Indians in which the Rays acquired catcher Kelly Shoppach.
4. July 27, 2007: Acquired right-hander Grant Balfour from the Brewers for right-hander Seth McClung.
The hard-throwing Balfour became a mainstay in the Rays' bullpen.
From 2007-10, Balfour made 203 appearances, posting a 14-7 record with a 3.33 ERA and 234 strikeouts.
5. July 28, 2007: Acquired right-hander Dan Wheeler from the Astros in exchange for infielder Ty Wigginton.
For Wheeler, the stint was his second tour of duty with Tampa Bay.
The veteran right-hander not only pitched well, he brought a professional presence to the bullpen and became an instant leader on a young team.