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Countdown to Spring Training: Day 43

Posted By Amanda Borges On January 14, 2014 @ 9:25 AM In Borges - Article,Insider - Rays,main feature,MLB | No Comments

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 [1] Monday, signing 33-year-old outfielder Justin Christian [2] 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 [3], 2011-2012 was with the Giants [4] and last season with the Cardinals [5] 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 [6] 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 [7]:

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 [8] ($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 [9].

For more on this story, please visit draysbay.com [10].

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[1] inked two minor league contracts: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/of-christian-signed-to-minor-league-deal-with-invite/2160843

[2] Justin Christian: http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/players/31809/justin-christian

[3] Yankees: http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/teams/new-york-yankees

[4] Giants: http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/teams/san-francisco-giants

[5] Cardinals: http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/teams/st-louis-cardinals

[6] Padres: http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/teams/san-diego-padres

[7] players and projected salaries provided by Marc Topkin: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/catching-up-with-some-rays-news-and-notes/2160817

[8] Jose Lobaton: http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/players/33173/jose-lobaton

[9] raysbaseball.com: http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tb

[10] draysbay.com: http://www.draysbay.com/2014/1/14/5306536/the-rays-tank-minor-league-signings-arbitration-spring-training-tix

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