In 18 days, the Tampa Bay Rays will head to Port Charlotte with an unusual dilemma on their hands or, in this case, arms.
They have too many of them.
Barring any late deals before pitchers and catchers report Feb. 20, the Rays will open camp with six possibly even seven starters on the roster: James Shields, David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis, Matt Moore and, following season-ending surgery to remove a blockage near his right rib, Alex Cobb.
The overstocked rotation continues to give the Rays options should any trade possibilities emerge as spring training nears. In fact, it seemed likely that the club would have dealt from their position of strength in the offseason to address other roster needs.
They obtained slugging DHoutfielder Luke Scott and then re-acquired power-hitting first baseman Carlos Pena without having to part with any starting arms, so it still wouldnt be surprising to see one of their hurlers be packaged in a trade if the right scenario...