Winter meetings preview: Rays offseason thus far

C Mike Zunino has been the biggest addition; DH/1B C.J. Cron and OF Mallex Smith the main subtractions.
Mike Zunino was well liked and well respected in the Mariners clubhouse. (Asoociated Press)
Mike Zunino was well liked and well respected in the Mariners clubhouse. (Asoociated Press)
Published December 7

A look at key moves the Rays have made already:

Acquired
OF Guillermo Heredia (trade from Mariners)
C Mike Zunino (trade from Mariners)

Traded
RHP Chih-Wei Hu (to Indians)
OF Mallex Smith (to Mariners)

DFA'd/waived
DH/1B C.J. Cron (claimed by Twins)
RHP Oliver Drake (claimed by Jays)

Allowed to become free agents
OF Carlos Gomez
C Adam Moore
LHP Vidal Nuno
RHP Sergio Romo
C Jesus Sucre

Outrighted to minors
RHP Andrew Kittredge
LHP Hoby Milner
RHP Jose Mujica

Added to 40-man roster
LHP Greg Bird
LHP Brock Burke
RHP Ian Gibaut
OF Joe McCarthy
OF Jesus Sanchez

Signed to minor-league deals
C Anthony Bemboom
LHP Ryan Merritt
OF Jake Smolinski

Coaching staff changes
Bench coach Charlie Montoyo hired as Blue Jays manager
Field coordinator Rocco Baldelli hired as Twins manager
Matt Quatraro promoted from third-base coach to bench coach
Rodney Linares (Astros) hired as third-base coach
Paul Hoover promoted from minor-league staff to field coordinator
Jonathan Erlichman named process and analytics coach
Justin Su'a hired as mental skills coach

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