Rays pick up Eovaldi's club option for 2018

Righty among 4 players activated from 60-day DL; 8 enter free agency

Rays pick up Eovaldi's club option for 2018

ST. PETERSBURG -- Eight free agents came off the Rays' 40 man roster on Thursday, four players were activated from the 60-day disabled list and the club picked up right-hander Nathan Eovaldi's club option for 2018.

Tampa Bay's 40-man roster now stands at 36.

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The free agents include Peter Bourjos, Steve Cishek, Alex Cobb, Lucas Duda, Tommy Hunter, Logan Morrison, Trevor Plouffe and Sergio Romo.

After the 5 p.m. ET Monday deadline passes, players are free to sign with new teams. The Rays will need to decide whether to making a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to Cobb. If Cobb turns it down within the allotted 10 days, they would receive Draft pick compensation when he signs elsewhere.

Activated from the 60-day DL were Matt Duffy, Eovaldi, Taylor Guerrieri and Shawn Tolleson.

Eovaldi, who was returning from Tommy John surgery, signed with the Rays on Feb. 14. He made $2 million in 2017, but he did not appear in any games for Tampa Bay. The option the club exercised was worth $2 million.

Eovaldi is expected to compete for a spot in the rotation in 2018.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.