The Rays have added catcher John Jaso, outfielders Fernando Perez and Jason Pridie, and left-handed pitcher James Houser to their 40-man roster, shielding the four from next month's Rule 5 draft.
To make room, Tampa Bay traded outfielder Chris Snelling to the Phillies for cash considerations and designated pitchers Brian Stokes and Jon Switzer for assignment.
All except Snelling are former Biscuits. The Rays claimed Snelling off waivers from the Oakland A's on Oct. 25.
Jaso and Perez were expected to be protected and Pridie isn't a surprise. Houser was steady this season with Montgomery until a mid-August suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension will keep him out for the first month of the 2008 season.
Stokes was 2-7 with a 7.07 ERA in 59 relief appearances this season with Tampa Bay. Switzer appeared in 21 major-league games and compiled an 0-2 record with an 8.05 ERA.
LATE EDIT: The Marlins added Selma's Jai Miller to their 40-man roster, while the Royals pulled Montgomery native Craig Brazell and former Biscuits infielder Wes Bankston off theirs.