Here is a look at the Rays Spring Training roster by their ages. Players in blue are on the 40-man roster (a player must be on the 40-man roster in order to play in the big leagues). Players in white are non-roster invitees. These players would need to be added to the 40-man roster if they make the team in Spring Training.

One thing worth noting is that many of the free agents signed by the Rays to minor league deals (in white) are in their 30s. In past seasons, the Rays appeared to prefer free agents in their late 20s, with the theory being that players tend to peak around the ages 27-29. For example, last year, the Rays had just two non-roster invitees in their 30s. This year they have  13. However, the average age has actually gone down, from 28.7 to 28.5…

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  1. Ricky C says:

    Who are your candidates most likely to be DFA'd or taken off the roster if one of the vetrean invites makes the team? Thanks

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      Good question. As long is he is healthy, I'd bet Jamey Wright makes the team so somebody will have to go. And they already cut the fat when they DFA's Briggy, Johnson, and De La Rosa. I would probably say Chris Gimenez who is out of minor league options. But you hate to lose catchers especially with Jose Molina's age. So maybe they DFA him and hope he clears waivers.

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      • Bill says:

        I'm probably reading between the lines a bit, because I really like Gimmy. But the below quote from Maddon sounds like he is saying Gimmy is more ready than Lobo right now (ceiling tools, can bring).

        "Lobaton did a great job [last year]," manager Joe Maddon said. "They're all going to get their opportunities to play here. I thought [Chris] Gimenez also did very well at the end of last season. He's got this really good way about him. He's a hard player, the pitchers really dig him, he's very professional about how he goes about his business whereas Lobaton's got some really high-ceiling tools yet that we think he can bring."

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      • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

        Vogt?

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        • Dave L says:

          Observations

          1) Wil Myers has to be added obviously

          2) We have to make a choice between Lobaton and Giminez at some point correct? Chirinos still has options. Vogt is definitely gone from the 40 man. Remember Jimmy Nez can play multiple positions that is in his favor somewhat.

          3) That bell curve of ball players is awesome for the Rays. Age 29 is the optimal season and most all our key players are on the early side of the ledger.

          4) I still think we need a RH 1st baseman /DH

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          • Cork Gaines says:

            1) Well, Myers does need to be added, but not right away. Feel he is a good candidate to replace whomever goes on the 60-day DL at some point (get extra spot on 40man)

            2) Agreed. multiple positions does help Gimenez, but Lobaton has the leg up on experience.

            3) Yep and I think that is by-design

            4) This is the big glaring weakness at this point. Who is the RH DH? Rodriguez? Guyer? Neither of those sounds very appetizing at this point.

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      • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

        Prof- what are your thoughts on Montgomery? I have no first-hand info on him, but I've read several things that show that he was a real steal as part of the KC deal. I had no idea he was ranked in the top 50 prospects... thoughts?

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  2. Don says:

    Supposedly a young team..5 of our Regulars are grandpa's baseball age ...35yo....retread tires

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    • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

      That's what you see? All the observations or conclusions that could be drawn from that list and that's what you glean? Ugh.

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      • J 2.0 says:

        Whereas Don's posts are usually cringe-worthy, I think he is referring to our bullpen. Our 3 main guys are all 36 or 37 years old. We need McGee to come full circle this year into the dominant left handed power arm he is going to be.

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        • Dave L says:

          But at least our bullpen is more intact from the great one last year than it usually is. And none of geezers are committed to anything more than this year.

          Financially that roster has zero percent body fat. Financially I said.

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