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Rays announce five minor-league signings, invite 12 more to spring training

Rays add 17 to spring roster

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays pushed their spring training roster to 57 with the formal announcement of five minor-league free agent signees and a dozen internal invitees. Right-hander Eddie Gamboa, who spent eight years in the Orioles organization, and first baseman Kyle Roller, a Triple-A All-Star with the Yankees, join left-hander Dana Eveland and right-handers Jhan Marinez and Tyler Sturdevant, whose signings were previously reported.

Prized infield prospect Daniel Robertson headlines the internal invitees. Also included are veteran pitchers Jonny Venters, the former Braves All-Star, and Neil Wagner, who are rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, plus right-handers Ryan Garton, Parker Markel, Mark Sappington and Jaime Schultz; catcher Jake DePew; outfielders Johnny Field and Dayron Varona; and infielders Patrick Leonard and Juniel Querecuto.

Also, a majors-most 10 Rays filed for arbitration by Tuesday's procedural deadline: pitchers Alex Cobb, Jake McGee, Erasmo Ramirez and Drew Smyly; catchers Hank Conger and Rene Rivera; infielders Logan Forsythe and Logan Morrison; and outfielders Brandon Guyer and Desmond Jennings.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays announce five minor-league signings, invite 12 more to spring training 01/12/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 9:27pm]
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