ST. PETERSBURG —The Rays began the process of clearing space on their 40-man roster Friday, dropping outfielder Jaff Decker, infielder Juniel Querecuto and pitchers 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 was called up at the end of the Bulls season but pitched only nine innings.
The moves leave the Rays with 36 players, and they will shed two more as right-hander Kevin Jepsen and infielder Alexei Ramirez are free agents. They will have to reinstate shortstop Matt Duffy and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the 60-day DL.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer