Rays Have Rule 5 Decisions to Make | The Process Report

Rays Have Rule 5 Decisions to Make

With the deadline to add Rule 5-eligible players to the 40-man roster coming soon, the Rays will need to make some tough decisions about who to add—and just as important, who to drop.

The Cesar Ramos trade earlier in the week freed up a spot on the 40-man roster, but that won’t suffice. Depending on how the Rays evaluate some cases—i.e. could Grayson Garvin, Adam Liberatore, and Taylor Motter stick in a team’s bullpen or on a bench?—they odds are they’ll need at least three more vacancies to add Matt Andriese, Ryan Brett, Mikie Mahtook, and Justin O’Conner to the roster.

Provided the Rays save the larger moves, like a possible Jeremy Hellickson or Matt Joyce trade, until later in the offseason, that means a few bubble players are about to be affected. While the Rays could also shop around some of their other option-less players, which would include Jeff Beliveau and Alex Colome, the following names offer the path of least resistance:

Cole Figueroa — Likable player and bright individual who has an obvious future in the game, but lacks a clear role on a team with enviable reserve infield depth.

Mike Montgomery — Seemingly has a better name than game these days.

Brandon Gomes — He’s without options, has failed to stick after multiple tries, and doesn’t stand out from the organization’s growing number of right-handed relievers.

Steve Geltz — Shares similarities with Gomes, in that he’s a fairly indistinct right-handed reliever.

For reference, here’s a list of the notable players seemingly eligible for this year’s Rule 5 draft:

Jeff Ames

Matt Andriese

Andrew Bellatti

Ryan Brett

Kes Carter

Grayson Garvin

Oscar Hernandez

Merrill Kelly

Adam Liberatore

Lenny Linsky

Matt Lollis

Mikie Mahtook

Justin O’Conner

Cameron Seitzer

Jake Thompson

Neil Wagner

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