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Anniversary party: Devil Rays roster for the 20-years-ago today opener

Here is the team's opening day roster
Cuban defector Rolando  Arrojo was the first Devil Rays All-Star. [Times files]
Cuban defector Rolando Arrojo was the first Devil Rays All-Star. [Times files]
Published Mar. 31, 2018

Here is the Devil Rays roster for their March 31, 1998, first game, with how acquired:

PITCHERS
Wilson Alvarez
Signed as free agent from Giants
Rolando Arrojo
Signed as free agent from Cuba
Dan Carlson
Expansion draft, 14th pick, from Giants
Rick Gorecki
Expansion draft, 20th pick, from Dodgers
Roberto Hernandez
Signed as free agent from Giants
Albie Lopez
Expansion draft, 24th pick, from Indians
Jim Mecir
Expansion draft, 18th pick, from Red Sox
Tony Saunders
 Expansion draft, 1st pick, from Marlins
Dennis Springer
Expansion draft, 13th pick, from Angels
Ramon Tatis
Expansion draft, 21st pick, from Cubs
Esteban Yan
Expansion draft, 9th pick, from Orioles

CATCHERS
Mike DiFelice
Expansion draft, 10th pick, from Cardinals
John Flaherty
Trade from Padres for Andy Sheets (12th pick in expansion draft) and Brian Boehringer (15th)

INFIELDERS
Wade Boggs
Signed as free agent from Yankees
Miguel  Cairo
Expansion draft, 4th pick, from Cubs
Aaron Ledesma
Expansion draft, 31st pick, from Orioles
Fred McGriff
Trade from Braves for cash
Bobby Smith
Expansion draft, 6th pick, from Braves
Paul Sorrento
Signed as free agent from Mariners
Kevin Stocker
Trade from Phillies for Bobby Abreu (3rd pick in expansion  draft)

OUTFIELDERS
Rich Butler
Expansion draft, 5th pick, from Blue Jays
Mike Kelly
Trade from Reds for Dmitri Young (8th pick in expansion draft)
Dave Martinez
 Signed as free agent from White Sox
Quinton McCracken
Expansion draft, 2nd pick, from Rockies
Bubba Trammell
Expansion draft, 11th pick, from Tigers

STAFF

Manager Larry Rothschild, coaches Orlando Gomez (bullpen), Billy Hatcher (first base), Steve Henderson (hitting), Frank Howard (bench), Greg Riddoch (third base), Rick Williams (pitching).

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