UPDATE: Webb a likely addition as Rays gather for start of camp
UPDATE, 9:22: It makes even more sense why the Rays are waiting until Thursday to complete the deal with Webb, as it is the first day players can be placed on the 60-day DL. By doing so with either of their pitchers recovering from Tommy John surgery, Alex Cobb or Chase Whitley, the Rays don't have to take another player off the 40-man roster and risk losing them.
UPDATE, 6:10: The Rays are close to finalizing a deal with Webb, which could be announced as soon as Thursday. The holdup could be related to the corresponding move the Rays have to make to create 40-man roster space.
DEVELOPING: More than two dozen Rays players are already in Port Charlotte working out in advance of the official opening of camp this weekend.
The Rays are talking about adding another reliever or two to the roster by then, with Clearwater product Ryan Webb among the most likely possibilities.
Webb, 30, spent most of last season with the Indians, going 1-0, 3.20 in 40 games, He has pitched previously with the Padres, Marlins and Orioles, with a career 3.35 ERA in 357 big-league games, though never recording a save.
If the Rays were to add a reliever on a big-league deal, they would have to make room on the 40-man roster.
Manager Kevin Cash said he was pleased at the turnout of players ahead of the opening of camp, joking they need to have more coaches on hand.
"This is what we want them to do, what it's about,'' he said. "You love to have it where they're here, with our eyes and we're working with them. Not eveyone can do that, but we really appreciate the guys coming out.''
Among the players working out Wednesday were new OF/DH Corey Dickerson, new 1B/OF/DH Steve Pearce, INF/OF Taylor Motter, Cs Curt Casali and Rene Rivera. Pitchers on hand included new addition RHP Danny Farquhar, RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Steve Geltz, RHP Erasmo Ramirez.