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Tampa Bay Rays Roster Report 2009-01-29

Tampa Bay Rays Roster Report 2009-01-29
As disappointed as they were to lose the World Series in five games, the Rays were encouraged by their future possibilities. Virtually all of their key players are under age 30 and under team control. The challenge going into the offseason will be to find ways to improve the team without disrupting the core too much. They hope free agent signee Pat Burrell will provide another solid power bat.

ARRIVALS: RHP Joe Nelson (free agent from Marlins), OF Matt Joyce (trade with Tigers), RHP Derek Rodriguez (Rule 5 selection from White Sox), OF/DH Pat Burrell (free agent from Phillies), OF Gabe Kapler (free agent from Brewers), RHP Lance Cormier (free agent from Orioles).

DEPARTURES: LHP Trever Miller (free agent, signed with Cardinals), RHP Edwin Jackson (traded to Tigers), OF Rocco Baldelli (free agent, signed with Red Sox).

FREE AGENTS: DH Cliff Floyd, OF Eric Hinske, OF Jonny Gomes (non-tendered).

Hinske was a key player but is in line for a big raise from his $800,000 bargain rate and is likely to move on. The Rays declined an option on Floyd, but they could continue talks, especially because the veteran really enjoyed playing in Tampa Bay.

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: INF Willy Aybar, C Dioner Navarro.

The Rays said they will go to arbitration hearings with both players.


DH Cliff Floyd ended last season with a slightly torn labrum in his right shoulder. Floyd said he likely would retire if surgery were required.

CF B.J. Upton had surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder in November. He might miss the first week of the regular season.

RHP Troy Percival had back surgery in December. He should be ready for Opening Day or soon after.

C Shawn Riggans, sidelined after September surgery on his right knee, should be 100 percent for the start of spring training.

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Added: January 29, 2009

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