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The Rays Opening Day roster after the Steven Souza trade

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The Rays have completely changed the dynamic of their roster as they have completely changed the outlook of the starting outfield and rotation over the past few days. As of now, the Rays are without six of their eight outfielders from the 2017 season.

Without any further moves, here’s how the Rays are projected to start the season. Players with options remaining on their contracts are indicated with an asterisk (*):

Starting Rotation

Chris Archer, RHP

Nate Eovaldi, RHP

Blake Snell, LHP*

Jake Faria, RHP*

There is no dedicated fifth starter at this time, as the Rays will be rolling with a four-man rotation for the first six weeks.


Alex Colome, RHP

Sergio Romo, RHP

Dan Jennings, LHP

Matt Andriese, RHP*

Jose Alvarado, LHP*

Chaz Roe, RHP

Andrew Kitteridge, RHP*

Austin Pruitt, RHP*

Still a mixed bag due to the myriad names in camp, the top six names are the more likely locks for the bullpen, while the other two slots are open to either veterans, such as Dustin McGowan or Jonny Venters (wishful thinking), or 40-man rostered prospects, like Ryne Stanek or Diego Castillo.


Wilson Ramos, C

Jesus Sucre, C

The catching situation is probably the most straightforward on the team with Ramos and Sucre returning. Although, it’s possible Adam Moore beats out Sucre for the backup job.


Brad Miller, 1B *

C.J. Cron, 1B

Joey Wendle, 2B*

Ryan Schimpf, 2B*

Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

Matt Duffy, 3B*

The Rays infield configuration is a complete unknown, with much to be resolved this Spring, but the leading pieces are clear. The Rays brass haven’t mentioned Miller much at second thus far this spring, with the Rays carrying an abundant amount of middle infielders on their 40-man roster. CJ Cron was presumably acquired to be the Rays starting first baseman but more realistically could serve in a platoon with Brad Miller.

Matt Duffy has been confirmed as the Rays starting third baseman and Adeiny Hechavarria will be the starting short stop (barring anymore moves).


Denard Span, LF

Kevin Kiermaier, CF*

Mallex Smith, RF*

Daniel Robertson, UTIL*

The outfield has undergone the biggest shakeup with Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza’s sudden departures. Mallex Smith was projected to be Denard Span’s backup and now both are projected to be starters on the team.

On the Rays 40-man roster, the Rays currently do not have a RHB in the outfield, and instead must employ one of their numerous infielders in the outfield. Of their non-roster invitees, Jason Coats could fit the bill if Daniel Robertson is preferred to remain an infielder.

As there is no clear answer, the Rays would appear likely to add a Right Fielder from an outside resource.


Update, 2:30 PM — Tampa Bay Rays sign OF Carlos Gomez to one-year deal