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Tampa Bay Rays projected Opening Day roster after the Winter Meetings

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The Winter Meetings have come and gone and the Rays roster has undergone massive, significant changes.

On Wednesday, the agreed to terms with Charlie Morton (the deal hasn’t been finalized yet), and then on Thursday afternoon they were part of a three team trade with the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians that sent 1B/OF Jake Bauers to the Indians, and brought INF Yandy Diaz to Tampa Bay.

The trade gave the Rays more questions than answers as it now opens up a hole at first base and gives them yet another infielder to add to their logjam of players that could start at third base and up the middle.

Meanwhile, the addition of Morton to the starting rotation gives the Rays a fierce pitching staff that could rival the best in the game.

Starting Lineup

  1. CF Kevin Kiermaier (L)
  2. LF Tommy Pham (R)
  3. 2B Joey Wendle (L)
  4. C Mike Zunino (R)
  5. DH Ji-Man Choi (L)
  6. 1B Yandy Diaz (R)
  7. RF Austin Meadows (L)
  8. SS Willy Adames (R)
  9. 3B Daniel Robertson (R)


  • 2B/OF Brandon Lowe (L)
  • C Michael Perez (L)
  • INF Matt Duffy (R)
  • OF Guillermo Heredia (R)

Rotational Pitchers

  • Blake Snell, LHP
  • Charlie Morton, RHP
  • Tyler Glasnow, RHP
  • Ryan Yarbrough, LHP
  • Wilmer Font, RHP


  • Chaz Roe, RHP
  • Jose Alvarado, LHP
  • Diego Castillo, RHP
  • Ryne Stanek, RHP
  • Hunter Wood, RHP
  • Adam Kolarek, LHP
  • Yonny Chirinos, RHP


We still have a long ways to go until spring training arrives and between now and then there will certainly be more talks for the Rays as they are still interested in adding an impact bat to the middle of their order as well as a top notch reliever in the backend of their bullpen.

Stay tuned.