Rays Opening Day Roster Nearly Set | The Process Report

Rays Opening Day Roster Nearly Set

With opening day just a week away, the Rays 25-man roster is taking shape. Spaces were limited as camp begun, and with the latest rounds of cuts, the squad is all but set.

Chris Gimenez and Brandon Gomes were optioned to Durham, leaving Jose Lobaton as the backup catcher and opening a spot for veteran Jamey Wright in the bullpen. Wright, a type xx(b) free agent on a minor-league deal, is also in need of a 40-man roster spot, meaning a corresponding move(s) is required.

In all likelihood, the team will add Juan Oviedo, another type xx(b) free agent, to the 40-man roster—dropping a current member in the process—and immediately place him on the 60-day disabled list (Tommy John surgery). This will free up his 40-man spot for Wright while effectively avoiding opt-out dates and retention bonus for both pitchers. Oviedo is expected to miss most—if not all of the season—rehabilitating his arm.

For Gimenez and Gomes, having remaining options proved to be the deciding factor. For a team that needs to maintain a healthy level of internal organizational depth, these types of decisions—while difficult—are a necessity. And if recent years have taught us anything, it is that a team must not only have a strong 25-man roster, but also be sound in roster spots 26-30 as well. With names like Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Gomes, Wil Myers and others occupying those spots, the Rays should be in a decent position to cover injuries or ineffectiveness.

The final piece of the 25-man puzzle is the fifth starter in the rotation. Roberto Hernandez or Jeff Niemann will fill that spot while the other becomes a swing-man in the bullpen. The decision will be based on who best fits the role of a starter, leaving plenty of room for ambiguity in regards to the final choice.

Veterans Jason Bourgeois, Mike Fontentot, and Shelley Duncan were also re-assigned to minor-league camp.


  1. upnm42 wrote:

    Gomes and Gimenez never had a chance.Roster” games” will cost games not save them.Wright’s career 4.72 ERA is unfairly high due to pitching in Colorado but he just looks like he doesn’t have it.Should of admitted our mistake and released him or sent him to Durham with his 100 k retention bonus.gomes looks like the 2011 Gomes who made the most appearances for the Rays in the second half of the 2011 season.Playing this game with Wright will cost us games.

    • R.J. Anderson wrote:

      I’m not sure I see the big fuss over Gomes/Wright. At least not to the extent that it’ll cost the Rays much, especially not games. Over the past two seasons (you can go to three with Wright and the point remains the same) they’ve had similar numbers across the board, with the exception being Wright is an extreme groundballer.

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