Rays Set 40-Man Roster
Late Friday, the Rays finalized their 40-man with very few surprises. The organization added Blake Snell, Jacob Faria, Taylor Guerrieri, German Marquez and Taylor Motter to the roster from the system as well as the currently-injured Chase Whitley after claiming him off waivers from the Yankees.
To make room for the additions, the team cut loose J.P. Arencibia, Brandon Gomes, Daniel Nava, Kirby Yates and outrighted Grayson Garvin and Burch Smith off the roster. Garvin and Smith cleared waivers so they will remain in the organization.
Arencibia had a fun run late in the season with a .396 wOBA over 24 games, but the production was built on a very shaky foundation. Arencibia has always been known as a guy with good power with tremendous holes in his swing and 2015 was no different despite the small sample size success he enjoyed.
Whitley is an interesting acquisition given the fact the last time he was seen pitching, he was walking off the mound in Tropicana Field with an elbow injury that led to Tommy John surgery shortly thereafter. He is a fastball/breakingball/change pitcher who was a starter throughout his minor league career while working as a swingman in 2014 for the Yankees. This video shows Whitley in action in his first three starts last season before going down in the aforementioned fourth outing of the season.
Like Juan Carlos Oviedo before him, Whitley will spend most of 2016 rehabbing and could be a factor late in the season as he and Alex Cobb would likely both come back around the same time. Back in January of 2015, Kiley McDaniel (then of Fangraphs), graded Whitley with a future value of 45 which is the grade for an average big league pitcher.
The current 40 man roster has an even split of 20 hitters and 20 pitchers as Silverman and company prepare to head to Nashville for the Winter Meetings. There are a few things that stand out on the current roster – quite a bit of depth of starting pitching, four catchers, and only one left-handed bat in the outfield. Let the speculation begin.