Rays trade Yates, release Arencibia, outright Gomes and Nava
UPDATE, 4:47: Here is some reaction from Arencibia and Gomes.
Arencibia: I'm thankful for the chance they gave me and thought I did enough to have a chance to be a part of 2016. Never know how things work out in this game. I know I'm back as an established major league player. And I proved that last year. I'll be back as a visitor again and never know maybe even on the home side.''
Gomes: "I understand how the business side works, so I definitely knew it would be a possibility that they would go in a different direction. I obviously was disappointed when I received the call because I enjoyed my time with the Rays. So, at this point, I would have to say I will take full advantage of being a free agent and explore all my opportunities prior to making my decision.''
DEVELOPING: The Rays traded RHP Kirby Yates to the Indians on Wednesday as they addressed the roster status of four players designated for assignment last week to create space on the 40-man roster.
Yates, who has some value as an optionable reliever, was sent to Cleveland for "cash considerations.''
C J.P. Arencibia, whom the Rays let go and instead kept Rene Rivera, was released and is a free agent.
RHP Brandon Gomes and OF Daniel Nava were outrighted to Triple-A, but both had the option to refuse the assignment and did, becoming free agents.