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Everything you need to know about Rays spring training

Here’s what changes were made, when and who Tampa Bay plays, what the roster looks like and more as camp opens in Port Charlotte.
 
The Rays are set to return for spring training to Charlotte Sports Park, which required extensive repairs after being damaged by Hurricane Ian in September 2022.
The Rays are set to return for spring training to Charlotte Sports Park, which required extensive repairs after being damaged by Hurricane Ian in September 2022. [ TOM O'NEILL | Tom O'Neill/The Daily Sun ]
Published Feb. 10|Updated Feb. 10

The Rays are set to open their 27th spring training, with pitchers and catchers reporting Tuesday and the first workout on Wednesday.

The biggest change from last year is that they are back in Port Charlotte, having been forced to relocate to multiple sites in 2023 due to damage to their facility caused by Hurricane Ian.

As usual, there are some new faces among the players and staff, and plenty of optimism for another successful season.

Here is what you need to know:

Spring training schedule

Workouts: Begin Wednesday at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, usually starting around 10 a.m. and lasting about two hours. Admission and parking are free.

Exhibitions: Home games at Charlotte Sports Park; see raysbaseball.com for tickets. Split squad indicated by (ss). Saturday/Sunday games on WDAE radio; weekday home games on raysbaseball.com. Ten games will be televised by Bally, starting with Feb. 25 vs. Detroit, but the full schedule is not yet finalized.

February

24: vs. Braves, 1:05

25: vs. Tigers, 1:05

26: at Orioles (ss), 1:05

27: vs. Yankees, 1:05

28: at Blue Jays, 1:07

29: vs. Braves (ss), 1:05

March

1: at Pirates 1:05

2: vs. Red Sox (ss), 1:05

3: at Twins, 1:05

4: vs. Pirates 1:05

5: at Red Sox, 1:05

6: at Yankees, 1:05

7: vs. Phillies, 1:05

9: vs. Red Sox in Dominican Republic, 5:05

10: at Red Sox in Dominican Republic, 1:05

11: vs. Blue Jays, 1:05

12: at Orioles, 1:05

13: vs. Twins (ss), 1:05

14: at Braves, 1:05

15: vs. Orioles, 1:05

16: at Twins, 1:05 (plus prospects game, 4:05)

17: at Pirates, 1:05

18: vs. Braves, 1:05

19: at Red Sox, 1:05

21: at Phillies, 1:05

22: vs. Twins (ss), 1:05

23: vs. Orioles, 1:05 (ss), at Braves (ss), 1:05

24: at Tigers, 1:05

25: at Phillies, 12:05

26: vs. Tigers at Tropicana Field, 12:35

28: Regular-season opener vs. Jays, 4:10

Camp roster

(As of Friday; x-invited to camp on minor-league contract)

Rays leftfielder Randy Arozarena (56) celebrates with first baseman Yandy Diaz (2), after hitting a home run during a game against the White Sox in April at Tropicana Field.
Rays leftfielder Randy Arozarena (56) celebrates with first baseman Yandy Diaz (2), after hitting a home run during a game against the White Sox in April at Tropicana Field. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]

1 Richie Palacios, OF

2 Yandy Diaz, INF

5 Wander Franco, INF

6 Taylor Walls, INF

7 Jose Caballero, INF

8 Brandon Lowe, INF

11 Shane Baz, RHP

13 Junior Caminero, INF

14 Tyler Alexander, LHP

15 Josh Lowe, OF

17 Isaac Paredes, INF

18 Shane McClanahan, LHP

21 Jonny DeLuca, OF

22 Jose Siri, OF

24 Zach Eflin, RHP

25 Curtis Mead, INF

28 Greg Jones, INF/OF

29 Pete Fairbanks, RHP

30 Rob Brantly-x, C

34 Aaron Civale, RHP

36 Naoyuki Uwasawa-x, RHP

37 Osleivis Basabe, INF

38 Colin Poche, LHP

39 Manuel Rodriguez, RHP

40 Alex Jackson-x, C

41 Colby White, RHP

43 Harold Ramirez, OF/DH

44 Ryan Pepiot, RHP

45 Taj Bradley, RHP

47 Jason Adam, RHP

48 Chris Devenski, RHP

49 Kevin Kelly, RHP

50 Rene Pinto, C

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52 Zack Littell, RHP

54 Austin Shenton, INF

56 Randy Arozarena, OF

57 Drew Rasmussen, RHP

58 Yoniel Curet, RHP

59 Jeffrey Springs, LHP

60 Garrett Cleavinger, LHP

61 Erasmo Ramirez-x, RHP

62 Jonathan Aranda, INF/DH

63 Edwin Uceta-x, RHP

64 Shawn Armstrong, RHP

65 Brendan McKay-x, LHP

67 Jacob Waguespack-x, RHP

68 Logan Driscoll-x, C

70 Ronny Simon-x, INF

71 Ruben Cardenas-x, OF

72 Jake Mangum-x, OF

73 Kameron Misner-x, OF

74 Jacob Lopez, LHP

75 Tristan Peters-x, OF

76 Niko Hulsizer-x, OF

77 Burch Smith-x, RHP

78 Joe Record-x, RHP

79 Zac Houston-x, RHP

80 Carson Williams-x, SS

81 Kenny Piper-x, C

82 Dom Keegan-x, C

83 Tanner Murray-x, INF

84 Mason Montgomery-x, LHP

85 Trevor Brigden-x, RHP

86 Carlos Garcia-x, RHP

87 Michael Gomez-x, RHP

88 Antonio Jimenez-x, LHP

89 Enmanuel Mejia-x, RHP

90 Justin Sterner-x, RHP

91 Nathan Wiles-x, OF

92 Logan Workman-x, RHP

93 Nick Meyer-x, C

94 CJ Hinojosa-x, INF

95 Evan Edwards-x, 1B

An offseason of change

Additions

The Rays acquired relief pitcher Ryan Pepiot from the Dodgers, along with outfield prospect Jonny DeLuca, for right-hander Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Manuel Margot.
The Rays acquired relief pitcher Ryan Pepiot from the Dodgers, along with outfield prospect Jonny DeLuca, for right-hander Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Manuel Margot. [ DAVID ZALUBOWSKI | AP ]

Signed, claimed, traded for

LHP Tyler Alexander, off waivers from Tigers

INF Jesus Caballero, trade from Mariners

OF Jonny DeLuca, trade from Dodgers

RHP Chris Devenski, re-signed as free agent

RHP Phil Maton, signed from Astros*

OF Richie Palacios, trade from Cardinals

RHP Ryan Pepiot, trade from Dodgers

* Signing expected to be made official this week

Added to 40-man roster: RHP Yoniel Curet, RHP Manuel Rodriguez, INF Austin Shenton

Players of note on minor-league contracts: C Rob Brantly, OF Jake Mangum (trade from Marlins), RHP Erasmo Ramirez (re-signed), RHP Burch Smith, RHP Naoyuki Uwasawa, RHP Jacob Waguespack

Departures

Former Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow was traded to the Dogers in December.
Former Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow was traded to the Dogers in December. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]

Traded

INF Vidal Brujan, to Marlins

RHP Calvin Faucher, to Marlins

RHP Tyler Glasnow, to Dodgers

RHP Andrew Kittredge, to Cardinals

OF Manuel Margot, to Dodgers

OF/1B Luke Raley, to Mariners

Also: Minor-league C Blake Hunt (to Mariners), RHP Michael Mercado (to Phillies).

Lost on waivers

LHP Jalen Beeks, to Rockies

C Christian Bethancourt, to Guardians (later traded to Marlins)

LHP Josh Fleming, to Phillies (now a free agent)

Allowed to become free agents (new team)

RHP Cooper Criswell (Red Sox)

LHP Jake Diekman (Mets)

INF Tristan Gray (Marlins)

C Francisco Mejia (Angels)

RHP Robert Stephenson (Angels)

RHP Cole Sulser (Mets)

OF Raimel Tapia (unsigned)

Coaching changes

Out: Process and analytics coach Jonathan Erlichman moved back to the front-office role; first-base coach Chris Prieto and assistant hitting coach Dan DeMent were let go.

In: Michael Johns promoted from Triple-A Durham manager to first base coach, Kris Goodman to process and development coach, Bryan King to strength and conditioning coach, Bobby Kinne to pitching strategist.

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