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Top Rays News

  • Rays' Curtis Mead: Roster spot not guaranteed

    Mead may lose out on a roster spot to begin the season after the Rays signed Amed Rosario, John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Mead was expected to have a strong chance to make the Opening Day roster as a backup at second and third base. However, Rosario is also a versatile infielder and right-handed batter, and this fits a similar projected role as Mead. Positively, manager Kevin Cash has praised Mead for the progress he's made with the glove, which could open up an opportunity later in the season, if not immediately.

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  • Rays' Richie Palacios: Expected to serve versatile role

    Palacios will see the majority of his playing time in the outfield but has also been working out at second base this spring, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

    The Rays acquired Palacios in a trade with the Cardinals this winter. Across two big-league seasons, he's played nearly exclusively in the outfield, though in typical fashion the Rays want to create as much versatility on their roster as possible. Palacios' fit at second base in particular is curious, as he hits left-handed, as does projected primary starter Brandon Lowe.

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  • Rays' Brandon Lowe: Back in action

    Lowe (illness) returned to team workouts Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Lowe missed much of the last week with an illness but was able to join his teammates Thursday. He'll serve as the Rays' primary second baseman in 2024, though he'll likely cede at-bats when lefties are on the mound.

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  • Rays' Colby White: Arm feels healthy again

    White threw his first bullpen session of the spring Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    White missed all of the 2022 season and much of 2023 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was able to return late last season but struggled with command by compiling just a 36:28 K:BB across 33.1 minor-league innings. White relayed having more confidence in the health of his arm this spring, and he could have the opportunity to reach the majors in a relief role at some point in 2024.

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  • Rays' Jose Caballero: Still expected to be primary SS

    Rays president of baseball operations Erik Neander said Tuesday that Caballero is still expected to be the Opening Day shortstop even after the addition of Amed Rosario, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The Rays are viewing Rosario as more of a utility player than a regular at any one position. Acquired via trade from the Mariners in January, Caballero slashed .221/.343/.320 with four homers and 26 stolen bases over 104 games with Seattle in 2023. Taylor Walls (hip) will also eventually be in the mix for starts at shortstop, but he'll miss at least the first month of the season.

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  • Rays' Amed Rosario: Eyed for four positions

    Rays president of baseball operations Erik Neander said Tuesday that the plan is to play Rosario some at both middle infield positions as well as the corner outfield spots, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Neander also mentioned Rosario's ability to hit left-handed pitching, and there's a good chance much of the 28-year-old's playing time ultimately comes against southpaws. Jose Caballero is still expected to open the season as Tampa Bay's primary shortstop.

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  • Rays' Zack Littell: Locked into rotation

    Littell is expected to serve as a starter for the entire 2024 season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Littell made the transition from reliever to starter in the middle of the 2023 season, and he managed a 3.41 ERA across 71.1 innings in the latter role. With the Rays down several starters to begin the 2024 campaign, he'll be counted on in the rotation, but the team is also planning on him sticking in a starting role for the entirety of the season. That could change if he falters and either Shane Baz (elbow) or Jeffrey Springs (elbow) can return, but neither is likely to be available until the summer months at the earliest.

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  • Rays' Drew Rasmussen: Lands on 60-day IL

    The Rays placed Rasmussen (elbow) on the 60-day injured list Tuesday.

    Rasmussen underwent an internal brace procedure in July and isn't expected to return until late in the season, so the Rays will stash him away on the IL for the time being. Rasmussen's roster spot will be given to Amed Rosario, who signed with Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

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  • Rays' Amed Rosario: Lands with Rays on one-year deal

    Rosario signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Rays on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    It's a good fit for Rosario, who, with a career .298/.339/.467 batting line against left-handed pitching, should see plenty of action in the middle infield spots versus southpaws. The 28-year-old has slashed only .263/.296/.374 in his career against right-handers and is a poor defender, so Tampa Bay figures to use him sparingly versus same-handed pitchers.

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  • Rays' Brandon Lowe: Held out with illness

    Lowe was held out of workouts again Tuesday due to illness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    It's not clear exactly what Lowe is dealing with, but he should be fine to return to action later this week. The 29-year-old is slated to handle second base again for the Rays in 2024.

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  • Rays' Yu Chang: Back in Tampa Bay as NRI

    Chang signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Chang spent some time with the Rays in 2022 before playing for the Red Sox in 2023. The 28-year-old utility infielder sports a career .204/.265/.359 batting line over parts of five major-league seasons. Tampa Bay has an opening at shortstop, but Chang would appear far down its list of candidates.

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  • Rays' Yandy Diaz: Healthy to start spring training

    Diaz is fully healthy entering spring training after battling a groin injury for most of the 2023 season, Kristie Ackert of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Diaz suffered the initial injury in mid-May and went on to miss small chunks of time for the rest of the season with an assortment of lower-body injuries. He focused on agility work this offseason to avoid similar issues in 2024 while increasing his first-step quickness. It's also worth noting that Diaz played through the pain effectively, as he posted an excellent .406 wOBA with a .193 ISO across 259 plate appearances in the second half.

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  • Rays' Taj Bradley: Likely to be in rotation

    Bradley is a favorite to win a rotation spot in camp, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Bradley got his first taste of the majors in 2023 and suffered through some inconsistency. However, he's more comfortable heading into 2024 and has also made tweaks to his cutter to make it a more effective pitch. The right-hander is projected to slot in at the back of the Rays' rotation behind Zach Eflin, Aaron Civale and Zack Littell.

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Injuries

Player Injury
S. McClanahan SP Shane McClanahan SP Elbow
W. Franco SS Wander Franco SS Personal
S. Baz SP Shane Baz SP Elbow
D. Rasmussen SP Drew Rasmussen SP Elbow
J. Springs SP Jeffrey Springs SP Elbow

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