Rays relying on their starting pitching depth ST. Within the last week, the Rays' starting pitching depth has been tested. Maddon harped on the importance of not dealing starting pitching, even though some felt the Rays should have used its depth to acquire position players to help the offense. And [Rays executive vice president of baseball operations] Andrew [Friedman] and I have talked about that a lot. ... It's depth to a point and all of a sudden it can become a weakness if you're not careful. ... It really helped us right now."ST. ESPN the Magazine published its 10th annual "Ultimate Standings" on Friday, ranking the 122 Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA and NHL franchises.