Tuesday, January 6, 2009

State of the 40-man roster

With the addition of Pat Burrell, the Rays now have only one spot available on the 40-man roster. With 21 pitchers and 18 position players, it doesn't seem likely the Rays are going to add another player on a major league deal and keep one spot open in case they need to bring another player for an injury. The players likely to be removed off the 40-man eventually are Jason Hammel and Jae Kuk Ryu, as both of these guys are out of options. Expect the Rays to keep looking for more bullpen, possibly moving Chad Bradford and acquiring a young reliever. But I would prefer the Rays try out the young guys in the bullpen: Mitch Talbot, Dale Thayer, Derek Rodriguez, Jeff Niemann, and maybe even James Houser.

Tampa Bay Rays 40-man roster

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