Roster shuffle coming at deadline to add/protect prospects
Friday will be a busy day for the Rays, as they and the other teams have until 8 p.m. to add prospects to their roster to protect them from being taken in the Rule 5 draft.
And having lost two OFs in last year's draft - Tyler Goeddel and Joey Rickard - the Rays may be more protective than before.
The Rays have five prospects who seem certain to be protected, and at least two others likely to get strong consideration, and with only four spots open on their 40-man roster they will have to make some moves to make space.
Among players who could be dropped, or traded, are LHP John Lamb, who was claimed last month from the Reds; RHP Steve Geltz, who was ineffective most of last season; rookie RHPs Ryan Garton and Eddie Gamboa, who both debuted last season; plus INFs Tim Beckham and Taylor Motter, who were not called up at end of the season due to attitude issues. C Bobby Wilson was dropped earlier this week.
Among the prospects under discussion to be added:
SS Willy Adames, 21: Top rated prospect played last season at Double-A Montgomery, hitting .274 with 11 homers, 57 RBIs and .802 OPS. Was acquired from Tigers in David Price trade.
INF Daniel Robertson, 22. Moved up Triple-A Durham and was moved off shortstop to play second and third as well, hitting .259 with five homers, 43 RBIs, .713 OPS. Was acquired from A's in Ben Zobrist trade.
RHP Chih-Wei Hu, 23. Spent bulk of season at Double-A Montgomery, goign 7-8. 2.49 in 24 starts, allowing 128 hits and 36 walks over 142 2/3 innings. Was acquired from Minnesota in Kevin Jepsen trade.
RHP Jaime Schultz, 25. Hard-thrower was 5-7, 3.58 in 27 starts at Triple-A. Has the potential to be converted to reliever; a late-season groin pull kept him from being called up at end of last season.
RHP Ryne Stanek, 25. 2013 first-round pick made conversion from starter to power reliever during season at Double-A Montgomery, hitting 100 mph regularly but with some control issues.
Also, RHPs Austin Pruitt and Hunter Wood.
Players become eligible for the Rule 5 draft, and thus in need of protection, based on time in the minors and age, so, in most cases, this year it includes high schoool picks and international free agents signed in 2012 and college players signed in 2013.