Rays Make Roster Cuts, Nearing Final 25-Man Roster

Rays Make Series Of Roster Decisions

Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays made a series of roster moves prior to their game against the New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon.

Most notably, they informed Dan Jennings and Daniel Hudson that they would not make the 25-man roster.  The Rays have said that they plan on having resolution for the two players within 24-48 hours.

Jennings, 30, was acquired from the Chicago White Sox at the trade deadline in exchange for former first round pick Casey Gillaspie. In 29 games with the Rays he pitched to a 3.44 ERA (7ER/18.2IP) while striking out 13 batters and walking 12. He was due to make $2.375 but would be owed just 1/4th of that if he clears waivers.

Hudson, 31, went 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017. He struggled with his command striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings while walking 4.8 batters per nine.  He was acquired in February along with minor leaguer Tristan Gray in exchange for Corey Dickerson. The Pirates also sent the Rays $1MM in the deal. He is owed $5.5MM ($4.5MM if you add the money Pirates sent). If he is unable to be traded the Rays are on the hook for the entire remaining salary.

Yonny Chirinos, Ryan Yarbrough, and Andrew Kittredge were told that they had made the final roster.

Rays Opening Day Bullpen:

Alex Colome, Sergio Romo, Chaz Roe, Jose Alvarado, Andrew Kittredge, Ryan Yarbrough, Yonny Chirinos, and Matt Andriese.

Other Moves:

The Rays reassigned outfielder Jason Coats, utility Micah Johnson, infielder Kean Wong, and catchers Adam Moore and Curt Casali (will report Tuesday) to minor league camp. Pitcher Austin Pruitt was optioned to minor league camp.

Remaining Competition: 

Unless an outfielder is brought in from outside the organization, as many expect, the final roster battle is for the fifth outfield spot. The competition is between Johnny Field Jr. and Brandon Snyder.

Field, 26, was drafted by the Rays in the fifth round in 2013 out of the University of Arizona. Last year in Triple-A he hit .261/.303/.425 with 12 homers while adding 12 stolen bases.

Snyder, 31, has appeared in parts of five major league seasons posting a .242/.279/.459 mark with nine homers in 205 plate appearances. He spent the 2017 campaign with Syracuse, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. There he hit .263/.356/.490 with 23 homers.

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