The Tampa Bay Rays will have at least two non-roster invites make the Opening Day roster as Kevin Cash has informed both Rickie Weeks Jr and Tommy Hunter that they’ll be members of the team.
The Rays signed both to minor league deals with invites to spring training earlier in the off-season.
Rickie Weeks has taken a mentor role this spring, providing leadership and advice to some of the younger players on the team, most notably Tim Beckham who was demoted last season as a disciplinary measure. Weeks will serve as a platoon bat at first base, and offer an offensive boost against left-handed pitching. Weeks has spent 13 seasons in the majors, the majority have come with the Milwaukee Brewers. He has also spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners.
Weeks will make $1.5M in 2017 with the chance to make $600K more in incentives.
Tommy Hunter will take a role in back end of the Rays bullpen. He is a major league veteran of nine seasons having played with several different teams over the course of his career. He split the 2016 season with the Indians and Orioles.
Hunter will make a base salary of $1.4M with the chance for $1.5M more in incentives.
The Rays currently have a full 40-man roster, so a couple of moves will have to be made befor the team heads to the Trop for Opening Day on Sunday.