By Bill Chastain / MLB.com | @wwchastain |
ST. PETERSBURG -- Heading into the final days of camp, the big question facing the Rays was where they would add an extra player to their roster: In the outfield or the bullpen?
Since Tampa Bay opted to begin the season with a four-man rotation, it had the luxury of placing another player elsewhere. The club ended the suspense on Saturday, when it announced the composition of their 25-man roster.
Left-hander Dana Eveland was selected to the Major League roster, giving the bullpen eight members, and outfielder Mike Mahtook was optioned to Triple-A Durham.
"We decided to go with the extra reliever to strengthen our 'pen and give us a little more length in the 'pen," said Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman. "We felt that was more important than the extra position player -- especially given the versatility of the other position players on our roster."