The two American League Division Series will kick off Friday night, with the MLB postseason now in full swing. Each team has announced their 25-man roster for the best of five series with 12 former Rays spread throughout them.
Nate Eovaldi, RHP signed a two year deal with the Rays during the 2016-2017 offseason. He made his Rays debut this past May and proceeded to dominate for three months before being traded to Boston at the deadline.
Steve Pearce, 1B/DH, the Lakeland Launcher, had a brief tenure with the Rays, signing a one-year deal in 2016. Despite dealing with injuries, he was a tremendous offensive force for Tampa Bay. He was traded to the Orioles for Jonah Heim at the deadline, Heim was eventually traded for Joey Wendle. Pearce meanwhile, toured the AL East and just continues to mash and deal with injuries.
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, was traded to Pittsburgh shortly after the trade deadline. Hechavarria’s tenure with the Bucs was short lived as he would quickly be dealt to the New York Yankees to help them sure up their infield defense. La Pantera was certainly more than capable of providing stellar defense.
Larry Rothschild (Pitching Coach), the first ever manager in franchise history, has served as the Yankees pitching coach the past several years.
Brandon Guyer, OF, the human ball magnet has seen his ball attraction weaken since joining the Indians via a trade from the Rays in 2016. He still remains a solid platoon outfielder though, hitting well above average against southpaws.
Dylan Floro, RHP, a former starting pitcher in the Rays system, Floro was a victim of the team’s 40-man roster crunch. A couple of stops before he reached the Dodgers, Floro has found a home in their bullpen with a fantastic season.
Rene Rivera, C, the well-traveled catcher is now with the Atlanta Braves, splitting the past 2 seasons with 4 different teams.
Lucas Duda, 1B, the Rays acquired at the 2017 trade deadline. The slugger is also well-traveled, like Rivera, splitting the past two season with four different teams.
Jonny Venters, LHP, he’s Jonny ‘freaking’ Venters. He has a bionic arm. After five years of rehab, he made his return to a major league mound this past May with Tampa Bay, who poetically dealt him to the Atlanta Braves in July, sending him back to the team where he started.
D.J. Johnson, RHP, the Rays signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Working his way up the ladder with five different organizations, he finally made his MLB debut in September with the Rockies.
Wade Davis, RHP, the best reliever in baseball for half of the decade, Davis is with the Colorado Rockies after signing with them this past offseason. The former Rays prospect, had his career flourish after transitioning to the bullpen with Kansas City.
German Marquez, RHP, sent over to Colorado as part of the Jake McGee-Corey Dickerson trade, Marquez has blossomed into one of the top young pitchers in the game.