Maddon, Friedman mull roster for AL Division Series
BOSTON -- The Rays must reveal their 25-man American League Division Series roster by 10 a.m. ET on Friday, and expect it to look a bit different than the group they carried into the AL Wild Card Game on Wednesday.
Manager Joe Maddon said he had to talk through some roster decisions with executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman on Thursday evening before making anything official, "primarily the fourth game starter and how you're going to construct the bullpen." Maddon said plainly that the bench is "going to be different" since they're setting up for a long series, not another win-or-go-home affair.
"We've been playing these 'seventh games' for three games in a row, and now you're going back to a regular series of five," Maddon said. "So the thought process is going to be a little different. ... I honestly don't have any concrete thoughts yet."
The Rays have not announced their ALDS rotation past left-handers Matt Moore and David Price in Games 1 and 2, respectively, but Alex Cobb is on track to get the ball in Game 3.
Maddon said it was "possible" that the Rays would put three catchers on their roster: Jose Molina, Jose Lobaton and Chris Gimenez. But doing so would take a pitcher out of Tampa Bay's bullpen, putting the Rays in a tight spot if a starter is knocked out early.