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Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day roster projection, with 115 days to go

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With the winter meetings a week away, how does the Rays roster shape up?

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The non-tender deadline has come and passed without much fanfare for the Tampa Bay Rays. All four arbitration eligible players were tendered contracts, with the amount to be settled in January, hopefully, with the outside chance of the arbitration hearings having to take place.

The last move that affected the Rays projected roster was the decision to designate 1B C.J. Cron for assignment on November 20th. He would be claimed by the Minnesota Twins a few days later off of waivers.

So, with 115 days until March 29th, when the Rays will meet the Houston Astros on Opening Day, here is how the Rays roster is currently shaping up.

Starting Lineup

  1. Joey Wendle, 2B
  2. Daniel Robertson, 3B
  3. Ji-Man Choi, DH
  4. Tommy Pham, LF
  5. Jake Bauers, 1B
  6. Mike Zunino, C
  7. Austin Meadows, RF
  8. Willy Adames, SS
  9. Kevin Kiermaier, CF

Bench

  • Michael Perez, C
  • Matt Duffy, INF
  • Brandon Lowe, INF/OF
  • Guillermo Heredia, OF

Pitching Staff

  • Blake Snell
  • Tyler Glasnow
  • Jose Alvarado
  • Jalen Beeks
  • Jake Faria
  • Diego Castillo
  • Yonny Chirinos
  • Wilmer Font
  • Adam Kolarek
  • Chaz Roe
  • Ryne Stanek
  • Ryan Yarbrough

As it’s been reported all offseason thus far, the Rays are looking to make a splash in some capacity. Their efforts for Josh Donaldson didn’t pan out, with the veteran third baseman signing a one year, $23M deal with the Atlanta Braves.

However, Nelson Cruz remains a free agent, and there is also some speculation the Rays could pursue Paul Goldschmidt or Noah Syndergaard as well.

The winter meetings will commence next week, we’ll see if the Rays roster looks different before the teams meet in Las Vegas on December 9th.