5 Players Who Won’t Make Tampa Bay Rays’ 2014 Opening Day Roster

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5 Players Who Won’t Make Tampa Bay Rays’ 2014 Opening Day Roster

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As another Opening Day approaches very quickly the Tampa Bay Rays are in the same situation they are usually in about this time every season. Most every expert in MLB is picking someone else to win the American League East and they have one of the lowest payrolls of any annual competitor in the game. Just because they don’t have a lot of big money guys does not mean they are lacking for talent however.

I would venture a guess that of all of the teams around them in the AL East the Rays are probably one of the toughest teams to make out of Spring Training. That is because they have nearly every position filled admirably and there is no reason to add a bunch of outsiders or risk anything by bringing a young guy up too soon. Basically, they don’t need a large payroll to have a roster that is nearly set at the start of the spring.

Because of the certainty surrounding most positions there will be a lot of the non-roster guys going somewhere else after the next few weeks. Any of their minor leaguers that are not ready will of course go down and work on various things. Anyone trying to fight their way into an infield spot should really be trying to impress other teams’ scouts with their play because the Rays simply don’t look to be a team that will make many changes in that or many other areas. Feel free to leave a comment below in the comments section.

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5 – Luke Maile

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Maile could be a serious contender to catch for the Rays sometime in the future but right now that isn’t possible. He has a lot of time left in the minors and will certainly head in that direction when the time comes.

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4 – Mikie Mahtook

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Mahtook might be one of the many promising future Rays outfielders but for now he will head back to the minors. More than likely he can hit Triple-A but could start in Double-A.

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3 – Ray Olmedo

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Nothing against Olmedo but the Rays are just stacked in the infield with the Logan Forsythe addition. He could well end up somewhere but it won’t be with the Rays.

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2 – Wilson Betemit

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There are a lot of things still to like about this guy but sadly enough the Rays just don’t look like they will have a spot for him. Look for him to just miss the final cut or two and possibly land somewhere.

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1 – Jayson Nix

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Nix has a lot of tools and could help the Rays at his best but he really would have to blow away some competition to cut it with them. I think he will fall just short.

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