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NO.: 16 POS: 3B AGE: 25 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-11/200
BATS/THROWS: S/R KEY STAT: Posted an impressive .416 on-base percentage in big-league stints with the Braves and Dodgers in 2005-06 COMMENTS: Starter at third until Evan Longoria arrives; is known for his potent bat, but he must find a way to stay healthy. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. NO.: 8 POS: SS AGE: 28 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0/185 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Was successful on 23 of 26 stolen base attempts last year for the Twins COMMENTS: Should serve as linchpin of Rays' much-improved defense up the middle and improved base running. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. MADDON'S NICKNAME: C.C. NO.: 13 POS: LF AGE: 26 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2/215 BATS/THROWS: L/L KEY STAT: Hit .315 in 2007 to become the seventh player since 1900 to increase his batting average for five consecutive seasons COMMENTS: The Rays' catalyst should keep getting better with more talent around him in the order. CONTRACT STATUS: Fourth year of a four-year contract through 2008, plus two one-year club options. NO.: 27 POS: RHP AGE: 30 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1/200 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Didn't allow an earned run in 15 1/3 innings at Tropicana Field last season (he gave up 12 ER in 17 1/3 innings on the road) COMMENTS: Steady work with the Rays late last season locked up final bullpen spot despite rough spring. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. NO.: 15 POS: DH/RF AGE: 35 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4/230 BATS/THROWS: L/R KEY STAT: Has a .382 career average (29-for-76) at Tropicana Field, the second-best by anyone with at least 75 at-bats COMMENTS: Has a chance to be a force in the middle of the order, but the Rays will try to keep him out of the field. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008, plus club option for 2009. NO.: 22 POS: RHP AGE: 24 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4/205 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Didn't allow a stolen base in the 83 innings he spent on the mound for the Twins last year COMMENTS: Hard-throwing prize in the Delmon Young trade has fit in seamlessly so far. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. MADDON'S NICKNAME: G Lover NO.: 47 POS: RHP AGE: 31 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-5/225 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Allowed nine of 37 inherited runners to score (24.3 percent), the best among Rays relievers COMMENTS: Steady veteran was bullpen's workhorse last year, should be pitching earlier in games this time around. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. MADDON'S NICKNAME: Gomer NO.: 31 POS: OF/DH AGE: 27 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1/225 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Hit .279 (50-for-179) with 12 homers as an outfielder and .216 (35-for-162) with five homers as the DH COMMENTS: Should see much more regular playing time this year - will offensive numbers follow? CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. MADDON'S NICKNAME: Hammer NO.: 49 POS: RHP AGE: 25 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-6/220 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Winless in his first 18 big-league starts before beating Andy Pettitte at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 2 COMMENTS: He's got the stuff to succeed, but the Rays want to see more consistency as he settles into rotation. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. NO.: 37 POS: OF AGE: 28 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-9/170 BATS/THROWS: L/L KEY STAT: Has 254 career stolen bases in the minor leagues COMMENTS: Late waiver claim will provide the Rays with depth at all three outfield positions and speed off the bench. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. NO.: 32 POS: IF/OF AGE: 30 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2/235 BATS/THROWS: L/R KEY STAT: Of his 38 hits for the Red Sox last year, 21 went for extra bases COMMENTS: Veteran can play infield and outfield corners but is here for his offensive abilities. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed as a minor-league free agent. NO.: 39 POS: LHP AGE: 24 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0/175 BATS/THROWS: L/L KEY STAT: Opponents hit .237 against him at Tropicana Field and .383 against him on the road COMMENTS: Embraced a bullpen role this spring after spending his entire career as a starter; will be the Rays' long reliever. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. MADDON'S NICKNAME: Aki NO.: 1 POS: 2B AGE: 29 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-9/176 BATS/THROWS: L/R KEY STAT: His .323 average against lefties ranked third in the majors among left-handed hitters behind Ichiro (.331) and Robinson Cano (.328) COMMENTS: Transition from third base to second seemed smooth in the spring, but time will tell how he adapts. CONTRACT STATUS: Second year of a three-year contract through 2009, plus a one-year club option. MADDON'S NICKNAME: Jack NO.: 36 POS: RHP AGE: 24 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3/210 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Had sixth-lowest run support of AL starters with at least 20 starts, getting 4.26 runs per nine innings COMMENTS: The Rays stuck with him through last year's troubles, but the leash will be much shorter this year. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. MADDON'S NICKNAME: E.J. NO.: 43 POS: IF AGE: 24 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0/185 BATS/THROWS: S/R KEY STAT: At Durham last year, hit .266 with runners on base and .173 with the bases empty COMMENTS: Came out of nowhere to secure a job with eventful spring, will back up at three infield spots and center field initially. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. NO.: 57 POS: LHP AGE: 34 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3/200 BATS/THROWS: R/L KEY STAT: Lefties hit .209 (9-for-91) against him, compared to .289 (26-for-90) for righties COMMENTS: Seasoned reliever will be the lefty specialist Rays have lacked since he left for Houston in 2006. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008 with club option for 2009. MADDON'S NICKNAME: Navi NO.: 30 POS: C AGE: 24 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-9/205 BATS/THROWS: S/R KEY STAT: Hit .285 with eight homers and 31 RBIs after the All-Star break after struggling at .177 with one homer and 13 RBIs in the first half COMMENTS: Still maturing as a hitter and catcher; a strong start at the plate certainly would help. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. MADDON'S NICKNAME: Los NO.: 23 POS: 1B AGE: 29 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2/215 BATS/THROWS: L/L KEY STAT: Set Rays records in homers (46), RBIs (121), walks (103), on-base percentage (.411) and slugging percentage (.627) last year COMMENTS: Expectations are high after a remarkable comeback season led to a lucrative contract. CONTRACT STATUS: First year of a three-year contract through 2010. MADDON'S NICKNAME: Percy NO.: 40 POS: RHP AGE: 38 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3/240 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Opponents have hit .186 off him in his career, the best for any pitcher in baseball history with at least 400 appearances COMMENTS: He hasn't recorded a save since July 2005 but will be counted on to hold down the ninth inning. CONTRACT STATUS: First year of a two-year contract through 2009. MADDON'S NICKNAME: El Asesino (The Assassin) NO.: 28 POS: RHP AGE: 37 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1/230 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Of the 35 runs he allowed last year, 26 of them (74 percent) scored on the 13 homers he surrendered COMMENTS: Last year's surprise closer moves into a setup role, which should bring less pressure but perhaps a heavier workload. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. MADDON'S NICKNAME: Riggo NO.: 9 POS: C AGE: 27 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2/210 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Has a .347 average against lefties since 2003 in the minors and majors COMMENTS: Injury-plagued 2007 kept him from getting a shot to establish himself; he'll have the chance this year. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. MADDON'S NICKNAME: Shieldsy NO.: 33 POS: RHP AGE: 26 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4/214 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Pitched six or more innings 28 times in 31 starts last season COMMENTS: He might not be the ace, but the innings-eating competitor is the foundation of the Rays' pitching staff. CONTRACT STATUS: First year of a four-year contract through 2011, plus three one-year options. MADDON'S NICKNAME: Sonny NO.: 21 POS: RHP AGE: 25 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3/185 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Led all major-league rookies with a 3.73 strikeout-to-walk ratio COMMENTS: Finished strong last season and could be a candidate to follow Shields with a breakout year of his own. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. NO.: 2 POS: CF AGE: 23 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3/185 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Hit .339 (42-for-124) with runners in scoring position, the fourth-best season in Rays history COMMENTS: Who knows what kind of numbers he'll put up without having to worry about what position he'll play every day? CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. MADDON'S NICKNAME: Wheels NO.: 35 POS: RHP AGE: 30 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3/222 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Posted a 3.63 ERA in 18 games against AL East opposition, holding opponents to a .215 average COMMENTS: Key setup man hoping to bounce back from a rough year split between Houston and Tampa Bay. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. (BUT EXPECTED BACK SOON) MADDON'S NICKNAME: Kazzie NO.: 19 POS: LHP AGE: 24 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0/190 BATS/THROWS: L/L KEY STAT: Led the AL with 239 strikeouts, one behind San Diego's Jake Peavy for the major-league lead COMMENTS: If his return from an elbow strain drags into May, the Rays could be in big trouble. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. MADDON'S NICKNAME: Zoey NO.: 18 POS: IF AGE: 26 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3/200 BATS/THROWS: S/R KEY STAT: A .316 career hitter in 340 minor-league games, he has hit only .200 in 83 games in the majors COMMENTS: Moved into a super-utility role during the spring, he'll fill in just about everywhere when he returns from a fractured thumb. CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2008. (BUT WILL BE CALLED UP) NO.: 3 POS: 3B AGE: 22 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2/210 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Had a combined .402 on-base percentage between Montgomery and Durham last season COMMENTS: Top prospect should be up by May to take over third base for the foreseeable future. CONTRACT STATUS: Minor-league contract. NO.: 34 POS: RHP AGE: 25 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-9/280 BATS/THROWS: R/R KEY STAT: Is 20-7 with a 3.29 ERA in his last 37 starts dating to July 24, 2006 COMMENTS: Opened eyes this spring and will be in line to make his major-league debut this season. CONTRACT STATUS: Fourth year of a five-year contract through 2009.