Countdown to Spring Training: Day 43

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

The Tampa Bay Rays are preparing for February as they make changes to their roster prior to Spring Training.

The Rays inked two minor league contracts Monday, signing 33-year-old outfielder Justin Christian to a minor league deal, with an invite to spring training. He’s played parts of three seasons in the majors; 2008 was spent with the Yankees, 2011-2012 was with the Giants and last season with the Cardinals Triple-A team.

The second deal was with 28-year-old catcher Eddy Rodriguez, who had one stint to the majors in 2012 with the Padres and spent 2013 in Double and Triple-A.

The deadline to file for arbitration was Monday, but Friday, per Rays policy, is the cut off for negotiating, with a hearing then scheduled.

Seven players remain in the arbitration process, players and projected salaries provided by Marc Topkin:

LHP David Price ($13.1-million)
OF Matt Joyce ($3.7M)
RHP Jeremy Hellickson ($3.3M)
INF/OF Sean Rodriguez ($1.3M)
LHP Jake McGee ($1.2M)
Jose Lobaton ($1M)
LHP Cesar Ramos ($700K)

Spring Training tickets go on sale this week, available to Rays Insiders on Thursday and to the general public Friday, on raysbaseball.com.

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