Tampa Bay Devil Rays Expansion Draft

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays may not have been associated with baseball a long time, but the young team already does have a history all its own. Here is the original expansion draft for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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"I'll be ready by Spring Training; there's no reason I shouldn't be." - Tony Saunders of the Florida Marlins on his Expansion Draft trade to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays

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1997 Tampa Bay Rays PLAYER Expansion Draft

Houston Astros
Outfield
3 rd
Toronto Blue Jays
Outfield
5 th
Chicago Cubs
Second Base
4 th
Oakland Athletics
First Base
23 rd
St. Louis Cardinals
Catcher
10 th
Chicago Cubs
First Base
31 st
Baltimore Orioles
Shortstop
30 th
Colorado Rockies
Outfield
2 nd
New York Mets
Outfield
26 th
Cleveland Indians
First Base
32 nd
St. Louis Cardinals
Outfield
22 nd
Seattle Mariners
Shortstop
12 th
Atlanta Braves
Third Base
6 th
Detroit Tigers
Outfield
11 th
Chris Wilcox
New York Yankees
Outfield
34 th
Florida Marlins
Outfield
28 th
Cincinnati Reds
Outfield
8 th
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1997 Tampa Bay Rays PITCHER Expansion Draft

New York Yankees
Right
15 th
San Francisco Giants
Right
14 th
Florida Marlins
Left
16 th
Oakland Athletics
Left
33 rd
Los Angeles Dodgers
Right
20 th
Santos Hernandez
San Francisco Giants
Right
35 th
Pittsburgh Pirates
Right
7 th
Philadelphia Phillies
Left
27 th
Atlanta Braves
Right
17 th
Cleveland Indians
Left
24 th
Boston Red Sox
Right
18 th
Montreal Expos
Right
25 th
Colorado Rockies
Right
19 th
Florida Marlins
Left
1 st
Anaheim Angels
Right
13 th
Chicago Cubs
Left
21 st
Atlanta Braves
Left
29 th
Baltimore Orioles
Right
9 th
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Expansion Draft
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This expansion draft took place on November 18, 1997. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks took a combined 70 players on that date in history.

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Trivia Alert: Of the thirty-five players chosen by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays , do you remember who was chosen first? Pitcher Tony Saunders from the Florida Marlins .

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