MLB.com is officially showing both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez as signed which put the Rays 40 man roster two spots over the legal limit. Sometime today, the club will announce the names of two players that will be designated for assignment (DFA’d) in order to get the team down to the legal limit. Once a player has been DFA’d, several things can happen:
- The player can be traded (how the Rays acquired Grant Balfour in 2007)
- The player can be claimed (how the Rays recently acquired Rob Delaney)
- The player can clear waivers and be sent to the minors (Grant Balfour, 2008)
- The player can be outright released (Pat Burrell & Hank Blalock, 2010)
In three of those four scenarios, the player leaves the organization so expect to see two current players in the organization likely move onto another organization or another career sometime today. If you are holding out hope of a late trade, it is unlikely with the players that would be leaving because the other clubs have a fair handle on which players the club is putting on the wire. I speculated the two players are likely coming from a group of Justin Ruggiano, Jose Lobaton, and recent Rule V draft pick Cesar Cabral but it could also include Elliot Johnson who like Ruggiano is out of minor league options or Cuban import Leslie Anderson who appears to be crowded out of both the outfield and the infield with the recent trade with the Cubs and the signing of Casey Kotchman at first base.