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)
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
Jose Alvarado, lhp
Xavier Cedeno, lhp
Jose De Leon
Enny Romero, lhp
Blake Snell, lhp
Steven Souza Jr.
Dana Eveland, lhp
Justin Marks, lhp
Ryan Yarbrough, lhp
* Not yet announced by team.