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Looking at Rays’ Roster Picture Following the Ben Zobrist Trade

By Robbie Knopf
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August 19, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter John Jaso (5) bats during the third inning against the New York Mets at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Mets 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Rene Rivera remains the Rays’ starting catcher–acquiring Jaso doesn’t change that. Rivera is expected to start at least 100 games for the Rays next season, and the fact that he has caught at least 88 games between the minors and majors inspires hope that he can survive that workload.

Jaso, meanwhile, is expected to do some catching, but DH will be his primary position (more on that later). 25 to 30 games is a good estimate for the number of games he will catch next season, with Curt Casali and Luke Maile likely combining to pick up the games left over by Rivera and Jaso.

It is also not out of the question that Casali or Bobby Wilson could begin the year on the Rays’ roster as a third catcher. That warrants a full piece by itself, and hopefully we’ll have that for you in the coming days.