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Tampa Bay Rays have decisions to make as non-tender deadline looms

Eleven Rays players are arbitration eligible this year

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As they entered the offseason, the Tampa Bay Rays had 16 arbitration-eligible players on their roster. Now in the three weeks since the World Series concluded and moves could officially be made, the Rays have already trimmed that number down to 11.

Raimel Tapia was outrighted off the roster and elected to become a free agent, while Cole Sulser accepted his assignment to Triple-A Durham. Jalen Beeks, Josh Fleming, and Christian Bethancourt were all claimed off of waivers.

The Rays did make a claim on an arbitration-eligible left-handed pitcher, Tyler Alexander, but according to Marc Topkin, the team has already agreed to a one year $1.95M deal with the veteran and have thus already tendered him a contact and avoided arbitration.

According to spotrac, these are the players that are eligible for arbitration:

  • Shawn Armstrong (5.113): $1.8MM
  • Andrew Kittredge (5.070): $2.3MM
  • Harold Ramirez (4.124): $4.4MM
  • Colin Poche (4.114): $2.1MM
  • Aaron Civale (4.058): $4.6MM
  • Zack Littell (4.043): $1.7MM
  • Jason Adam (3.132): $3MM
  • Randy Arozarena (3.129): $9MM
  • Drew Rasmussen (3.111): $2.2MM
  • Isaac Paredes (2.160): $3.2MM
  • Shane McClanahan (2.158): $3.6MM

Most of these players should be considered locks, but there is one on the bubble as to whether or not the Rays will think they’re worth keeping on the roster for their salary projection.

Harold Ramirez has been a dependable consistent bat over the past two years. Ramirez has excelled offensively for the Rays, hitting .306/.348/.432 with a 4.7 BB% and 17.4 K% registering a 123 wRC+ over 869 plate appearances, however, he has no clear position defensively. On a team that likes roster flexibility, Ramirez’s lack of versatility is a detriment to the roster.

The MLB non-tender deadline will officially pass at 8pm ET tomorrow afternoon.