It was a very busy weekend for the Tampa Bay Rays as they trimmed their spring roster, leaving just one decision to be made before the Rays take on the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.
They made a slew of cuts, as they optioned Austin Pruitt and reassigned Adam Moore, Curt Casali, Kean Wong, Micah Johnson, and Jason Coats. Furthermore, the Rays also told Jonny Venters, Daniel Hudson, and Dan Jennings they would not be making the team’s Opening Day roster.
This leaves the Rays with 26 players in camp.
Starting Rotation (set)
Chris Archer, Nate Eovaldi, Jake Faria, and Blake Snell
Alex Colome, Sergio Romo, Matt Andriese, Andrew Kittredge, Chaz Roe, Jose Alvarado, Yonny Chirinos, and Ryan Yarbrough
Wilson Ramos and Jesus Sucre
CJ Cron, Brad Miller, Joey Wendle, Matt Duffy, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Daniel Robertson
Outfield (not set)
Denard Span, Kevin Kiermaier, Carlos Gomez, and Mallex Smith. Then either Brandon Snyder or Johnny Field, there is also the potential of a free agent pickup to that role as well.
With Hudson and Jennings leaving the team, as well as Jose De Leon’s impending trip to the disabled list, the Rays will have three open spots on the 40-man roster.
Two of the Rays who learned they’d be on the Opening Day roster. For Yarbrough, it will be his first taste of the majors.
Carlos Gomez, Adeiny Hechavarria, Daniel Robertson, Josh Lowe, Tristan Gray, and Jermaine Palacios all went deep for the Rays.
- Check out the photo gallery of yesterday’s game, by the always amazing duo of Will Vragovic and Kevin Sabitus
- Over the weekend, ESPN reported that the Rays had ramped up their efforts to sign Jose Bautista
20 Years of Rays History, Moments, and Oddities
The Tampa Bay Times did an exhaustive look back at 20 years of Tampa Bay Rays history
- 20 words on the 20th anniversary
- 20 numbers to remember
- The 20 weirdest moments
- Tampa Bay’s 20 ‘Forrest Gump moments’
- 20 years of Rays and ‘the things we’ve loved’ about them
- Greatest moments in franchise history
- Best signings, trades and deals
- 20 players who surprisingly finished with them
- 20 players you forgot ever played for them
- 20 most notable draft picks
- 20 Things we’ve hated over the years
- The 20 best players
- The 20 best quotes
- Recounting the 20 most memorable injuries
- The 20 worst players
- Ranking every season
Around the League
- Ken Rosenthal is back and unleashed this monster of a notes package, giving his take on the Jake Odorizzi trade
- The San Francisco Giants will be without their two best starting pitchers for the first month of the season as Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija will both start the season on the disabled list