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Published:   |   Updated: May 31, 2013 at 08:48 PM

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.

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