Colby Rasmus, whom the Rays signed in January, has not yet played in a game as he recovers from several offseason surgeries. Word is he's not that far behind. Still, that translates to Rasmus opening the season on the disabled list.
A lot of the pitchers have expressed how much they've enjoyed pitching to Sucre. Alas, this one's a really close call and the fact that the Rays would have to make a move to their 40-man roster to accommodate Sucre (who is not on the 40-man roster) will likely make the decision for Tampa Bay. Catching is a demanding position, so Sucre will likely see action at some point of the season, as will Wilson Ramos, the Rays' biggest offseason free-agent acquisition. Ramos isn't expected to be back from ACL surgery until late May or early June.
The locks are Evan Longoria at third, Brad Miller at second and Logan Morrison at first. Matt Duffy appears as though he'll start the season on the DL, which means Tim Beckham will get most of the time at shortstop until Duffy returns. Nick Franklin could also play the position, as could Miller. Rickie Weeks looks like he'll be the right-handed option for first base. Morrison and Weeks will likely see time at DH as well. Look for Daniel Robertson to take Duffy's roster spot at the beginning of the season.
The first four are easy: Chris Archer, Alex Cobb, Jake Odorizzi and Blake Snell. Matt Andriese will be the fifth starter, but the question that needs to be answered is whether Tampa Bay will begin the season with four starters or five. Last season, the Rays began the season with four starters due to the many off-days, and they sent Andriese to Triple-A Durham so he could continue to be stretched out as a starter. The guess here is Tampa Bay will go with four in favor of having an extra reliever in the bullpen.