The Tampa Bay Rays roster is beginning to take shape with spring training starting in a few weeks.
The offseason moves have amassed a collection of talented players who should field a very competitive team in 2014.
Through free agency and trades, they have added catcher Ryan Hanigan, relief pitcher Heath Bell and closer Grant Balfour. They have even gone as far as using the “C-word” that manager Joe Maddon typically avoids for the pitcher called upon for ninth-inning duties.
They also were able to sign James Loney to keep their infield from 2013 intact. In addition, they came to terms with all of their arbitration players before the deadline and signed them all to one-year deals.
The biggest move of the offseason so far is probably the retention of David Price. By holding on to their ace pitcher this long, it seems very plausible that he could be the Rays' Opening Day pitcher.
Players like these, along with starters including Evan Longoria, Wil Myers and Ben Zobrist, have their positions essentially locked on the roster. Unlike them, there is a group of players who have the major league talent to make the squad, but will have to be very impressive in spring training to make the 25-man roster.
Here are four players who will be fighting for a roster spot this spring.
All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted.