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A look-ahead to Rays spring camp, with roster, details



With the calendar flipping to February, that means the start of Rays spring training is less than two weeks away.

Here are some facts and figures about their roster compiled by the team PR department, though subject to change with further moves, which are expected:

There are 14 new faces on the 40-man roster:
Free agents (3): C Wilson Ramos, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Shawn Tolleson
Via trade (2): RHP Jose De Leon, OF Mallex Smith
Rule 5 draftee (1): RHP Kevin Gadea
Promoted from minors (8): INF Willy Adames, LHP Jose Alvarado, RHP Chih-Wei Hu, RHP Austin Pruitt, INF Daniel Robertson, RHP Jaime Schultz, RHP Ryne Stanek, RHP Hunter Wood

There were 17 players dropped from the season-ending 40-man roster:
Free agents (4): 1B Logan Morrison, RHP Kevin Jepsen, INF Alexei Ramirez, C Bobby Wilson
Traded (5): 2B Logan Forsythe, OF Mikie Mahtook, INF/OF Taylor Motter, INF/OF Richie Shaffer, LHP Drew Smyly
Waived (4): OF Jaff Decker, RHP Dylan Floro, RHP Steve Geltz, INF Juniel Querecuto
Resigned to minor-league deals (4): INF Ryan Brett, LHP Dana Eveland, LHP Justin Marks, C Justin O'Conner

Of the players on the 40-man roster:
* Only 3 made their Rays debut prior to 2013: 3B Evan Longoria (2008), RHP Alex Cobb (2011), RHP Chris Archer (2012)
* Only 4 are age 30 or older: LHP Xavier Cedeno (30), Eddie Gamboa (32), Longoria (31), Rasmus (30)


Key dates
Saturday - Fan Fest at Tropicana Field, 11-4
Feb. 6 - Truck day, with equipment loaded for the (short) trip to Port Charlotte
Feb. 13 - Pre-spring press conference in Port Charlotte, with VPs Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander, manager Kevin Cash
Feb. 14 - First workout for pitchers and catchers, Port Charlotte, 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 19 - First full-squad worjout, Port Charlotte, 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 23 - BaseBALL Dinner & Auction benefitting Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County
Feb. 24 - Exhibition season opener, vs. Twins at Fort Myers, 7:05
Feb. 25 - Exhibition season home opener, vs. Pirates in Port Charlotte, 1:05
March 4 - Minor-league camp opens, Port Charlotte
March 8 - Exhibition vs. Colombian World Baseball Classic team, Port Charlotte, 6:35

Rays 40-man roster

Pitchers (25)
Jose Alvarado, lhp
Matt Andriese
Chris Archer
Brad Boxberger
Xavier Cedeno, lhp
Alex Cobb
Alex Colome
Jose De Leon
Jacob Faria
Danny Farquhar
Kevin Gadea
Eddie Gamboa
Ryan Garton
Taylor Guerrieri
Chih-Wei Hu
Jake Odorizzi
Austin Pruitt
Erasmo Ramirez
Enny Romero, lhp
Jamie Schultz
Blake Snell, lhp
Ryne Stanek
Shawn Tolleson
Chase Whitley
Hunter Wood

Catchers (3)
Curt Casali
Luke Maile
Wilson Ramos

Infield (6)
Willy Adames
Tim Beckham
Matt Duffy
Evan Longoria
Brad Miller
Daniel Robertson

Outfield (6)
Corey Dickerson
Nick Franklin
Kevin Kiermaier
Colby Rasmus
Mallex Smith
Steven Souza Jr.

Non-roster invitees
Pitchers (9)
Jeff Ames
David Carpenter*
Dana Eveland, lhp
Andrew Kittredge
Justin Marks, lhp
Diego Moreno
Cory Rasmus*
Neil Wagner
Ryan Yarbrough, lhp

Catchers (3)
Nick Ciuffo
Jonah Heim
Michael McKenry

Infielders (5)
Ryan Brett
Casey Gillaspie
Jake Hager
Dalton Kelly
Patrick Leonard

Outfielders (4)
Jake Bauers
Johnny Field
Shane Peterson
Dayron Varona

* Not yet announced by team.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:23pm]


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