07:31 AM ET 12.05 | As far as offseason deals go, the Rays appeared to have taken a step forward with catcher Ryan Hanigan and late-inning reliever Heath Bell. "Great job," manager Joe Maddon said. ... Bell seems the bigger project, as he failed miserably with the Marlins in 2012 and posted only slightly less worse numbers last season in Arizona. But the Rays see things -- or, at least, see things differently. Especially in veteran relievers. So just as when they somewhat surprisingly signed Fernando Rodney and Kyle Farnsworth, they sound more than cautiously optimistic that Bell, too, can be rebuilt. "It's more about the ingredients he has in place," executive vice president Andrew Friedman said. "His stuff is virtually as good as when he was a dominant closer with the Padres (2009-11).