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DRays Future

I've been reading quite a bit lately about top prospects from this year as well as minor league all star teams and so forth.  It seems as if the DRays are just loaded with prospects as well as good young players in the big leagues.
Minor league prospects:
Jennings, OF
Hellickson, P
McGee, P
Davis, P
Price, P
Longoria, 3B
Brignac, SS
Niemann, P
Mason, P
Royster, DH
Ruggiano, OF
Jaso, C
F Perez, OF

Major league potential stars:
Kazmir, P
Orvella, P
Salas, P
Shields, P
Sonnanstine, P
Guzman, IF
Pena, 1B
Baldelli, OF
Upton, OF
Dukes, OF
Crawford, OF
D Young, OF

OK, so you cannot argue with the potential that exists.  My question is:  Will the DRays ever be able to make the playoffs? As long as they stay in the same division with the Yankees & Red Sox, is it realistic for them to be able to compete for a playoff spot?  I have heard that management is not interested in winning, they just want to make money.  Will they be able to keep their all stars and pay them?  Will they ever be able to translate all this talent into a winning franchise?
If they will be a playoff team, how long will it take?  Will they be a playoff team in 2 years?  5 years?  8 years?

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