And now ... it's time for baseball, as Rays prep to open camp
Now that that football game is over with, it's time to focus on baseball, as the Rays today pack their equipment truck for the 75-mile trek south to Port Charlotte, with the official opening of spring training camp on Feb. 12 and the first workout Feb. 14 at the Charlotte Sports Park.
Having already had a busy off-season, the Rays still have some moves to make. 1B Logan Morrison has to be added to the 40-man roster after agreeing last week to return, and they are in pursuit of an other hitter (from a group that includes free agents Chris Carter, Mike Napoli and Matt Wieters and Byung Ho Park in trade) and a reliever.
Here are some some facts and figures, and then a look at key dates and their roster, currently at 62:
14 new faces are 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
17 players were dropped from the season-ending 40-man roster (though Morrison was brought back):
Free agents (4): 1B Logan Morrison (he's back), 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
Today - 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 workout, 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
(Logan Morrison will be added shortly)
Steven Souza Jr.
Dana Eveland, lhp
Justin Marks, lhp
Ryan Yarbrough, lhp