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Rays add reliever Manuel Rodriguez to 40-man Roster

After dropping 8 players, the Rays add several back onto the 40-man.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have been clearing the decks ahead of the November 14th deadline to add players from within the organization to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft in December, and recently cut or traded eight players.

Previously: Rays drop eight players from 40-man roster through trades, waives

It can be a lot to keep track of, so here’s a summary of all the comings and goings thus far.

First, upon the conclusion of the World Series, a trio of relievers became free agents: Southpaw Jake Diekman and right-handed hurlers Chris Devenski and Robert ‘Bob’ Stephenson.

Then, on November 6, the Rays activated embattled shortstop Wander Franco from the Restricted List — a strictly procedural move that has no indication of his actual status — as well as a slew of players from the 60-day injured list: Shane Baz, Greg Jones, Shane McClanahan, Garrett Cleavinger, Drew Rasmussen, and Jeffrey Springs.

With the only addition thus far, the Rays selected the contract of Manuel Rodriguez. When he was acquired last August, M-Rod boasted the 4-th best whiff rate in Triple-A, min 30 IP, and continued his same rate of success with the Durham Bulls (32% k-rate, 2.55 FIP). He previously appeared in the majors for the Cubs, totaling 31.1 IP across the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

To sum it up:

Players Placed on 40-Man Roster

  • SS Wander Franco
  • LHP Jeffrey Springs
  • RHP Drew Rasmussen
  • RHP Calvin Faucher
  • LHP Garrett Cleavinger
  • LHP Shane McClanahan
  • SS Greg Jones
  • RHP Shane Baz
  • RHP Manuel Rodriguez

Players Traded Away

  • C Blake Hunt (SEA)
  • RHP Michael Mercado (PHI)

Players Claimed on Waivers

  • C Christian Bethancourt (CLE)
  • LHP Josh Fleming (PHI)
  • LHP Jalen Beeks (COL)

Free Agents

  • LHP Jake Diekman
  • RHP Chris Devenski
  • INF Tristan Gray
  • RHP Robert Stephenson
  • RHP Cole Sulser
  • OF Raimel Tapia

Acquired but NOT on 40-man roster

  • RHP Adam Leverett
  • C Tatem Levins

Following these moves, the Rays roster is now at 39 players including only one catcher on the roster, with more trades expected to come as Tampa Bay considers adding more prospects by Nov. 14.

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