Part of that is the phenomenon where spending money leads worse decisions. Part of it is better evaluations and development/coaching, clearly.
But most of all, it is obviously that the Rays have a strong culture in place going back to Andrew Friedman, and it's no coincidence he runs the Dodgers and his family tree is everywhere.
And unlike us, the Rays have a true two-man baseball department, with Chaim Bloom (who is as young as Klentak but has been with the Rays for 15 years and a hands-on GM (also that young, but is in his 13th season and third as GM).
Imagine the Phillies having anyone who'd be worth keeping around for 15 years! Arbuckle was probably the last one.
We all know the old football saying (Bum Phillips) "he can take his'n and beat your'n, and then he can turn around and take your'n and beat his'n." If Chaim Bloom was the Phillies GM would we be succeeding or would he be failing? Same question if Kapler and Klentak were in Tampa.