Rays start shuffling, drop Decker, Eveland, Marks, Querecuto
The Rays began the process of clearing space on their 40-man roster, dropping OF Jaff Decker, INF Juniel Querecuto and Ps Dana Eveland and Justin Marks.
All four were outrighted to Triple-A Durham after clearing waivers, having finished the season in the majors, and will have the opportunity to become free agents by the end of the World Series.
Decker, Eveland and Querecuto had gone home at the end of the minor-league season, then were called back due to injuries to join the Rays for the final weeks. Marks spent the season with the Bulls then was called up.
The moves drop the roster to 36, with free-agent RHP Kevin Jepsen and INF Alexei Ramirez also so come off. The Rays will need to reinstate SS Matt Duffy and OF Steven Souza Jr. from the 60-day DL, and add several young prospects to protect them from being taken in the Rule 5 draft. They also need to reinstate 1B Logan Morrison, who is a free agent anyway.
Decker hit .154 in 19 games for the Rays with one extra base and RBI.
Eveland had three stints with the Rays this season, posting an 0-1, 9.00 mark in 33 appearances, allowing 54 baserunners (32 hits, 19 walks, 3 HBPs) in 23 innings.
Marks went 7-11, 3.86 for Durham and, in his second career stint in the majors, allowed one earned run over nine innings in four games for the Rays.
Querecuto played in four games, getting one hit, a triple.