PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Contrary to what some recent reports have said, Wade Davis does not want to be traded.
Davis, who has been one of the Rays' five starters the past two seasons, is in competition this spring to remain in the starting rotation. The fact that he has to compete for a job -- and might end up in the bullpen if he doesn't win a job -- have been cited reasons for Davis wanting to be traded.
"I'm like look, this is all completely untrue, the trade talk," Davis said. "I don't know who would say it or why, but it represents me in a horrible way, because that has nothing to do with my approach to this year or the team. I want to be a part of this team regardless."
Davis said he would always stand by his stated desire that his preference is to be a starter, but foremost he wants to remain a Ray.
Zobrist reports ready for 'winning World Series'
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Ben Zobrist arrived at camp on Friday, which signified that all of the position players had tagged in even though the team's first full-squad workout isn't until Sunday.
Zobrist said he is happy to be in camp.
"It's exciting," Zobrist said. "A new year, 2012 and we're planning on winning the World Series this year. So that's the goal and from Day 1 here and looking forward that's what we're focused on."
Zobrist allowed that Spring Training is "very, very different" from the first time he reported to the Rays Spring Training in 2007 after coming to the team via a trade with the Astros midway through the 2006 season.
"When I first got into Spring Training with the Devil Rays at the time, the atmosphere, we were just trying to get above water," Zobrist said. "After the last few years, the expectations just keep going up. So we're going to have to work very hard to meet those."
Zobrist is coming off a solid year in which he hit .269 with 20 home runs and 91 RBIs -- totaling a meaty 72 extra-base hits in the process. He likes what the Rays did in the offseason to bolster the offense.
"Hopefully it translates into some quick runs," Zobrist said. "That's the idea. To get a little more run production from our offense. We feel confident that's going to happen. Definitely Carlos [Pena] and Luke Scott are guys who can make that happen quickly."
As for what position the versatile Zobrist will play, he said he doesn't know yet.
"I haven't talked to [manager] Joe [Maddon] about it yet," Zobrist said. "So we'll find out once we talk to him. But I have a feeling it's going to be a lot of second base and a lot of right field. Those are the two main positions I would guess. But I'll get work everywhere just in case of an emergency so I'll be ready to go."
Zobrist said he's still happy to play whatever position he's penciled into that night.
"That's just kind of the attitude I try to take into it, to be flexible and do what I can," Zobrist said. "If that's where the team needs me that day, I'll do what I can to help the club. And, you know, we have so many versatile guys now, it seems like there's just a lot of us can do that. It gives so many more options to Joe. If anything happens with injuries or what not, people are ready to step in."
Rays manager Joe Maddon said that hitters will face live pitching Sunday during the team's first full-squad workout ... Many of the Rays players have not shied away from the high expectations forecast for this year's team. When asked about the players not being shy about the expectations, Maddon said: "Expectations equal the fuel. If you run away from that you become combustible" ... The Rays will have 11 of their 32 Grapefruit League games televised. As part of MLB Network's extensive Spring Training coverage, it will pick up a shared feed of five games televised by Rays opponents: March 6 vs. the Twins, March 7 at the Yankees, March 10 at the Red Sox, March 26 at the Twins and April 1 at the Orioles. Prior to the announcement, the Rays had already scheduled a six games to be broadcast on Sun Sports and ESPN ... Maddon is pleased about all of the position players being in camp early as he noted: "It doesn't happen everywhere that you get the whole group coming in [early] like our group has, so focused, so involved. Again, I think the momentum from the end of last season really is a part of this. I really believe our guys are understanding of building momentum going into this season. It's exciting. I'm not going to curb my enthusiasm, even though I love the television show."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.