Monday, February 6, 2023

Rays award $40 million to pitcher Zach Aflin

scheduled tribe. PETERSBURG, Fla. ( Associated Press) – Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Zach Aflin has agreed to join the Tampa Bay Rays after agreeing to a $40 million, three-year contract, the highest contract he has ever received. The club signed a free agent, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The source requested anonymity to speak to the Associated Press Thursday night about the commitment because the team had not yet announced the agreement, which was contingent on the pitcher passing a physical.

Eflin, who has competed in seven seasons with the Phillies, will join a Tampa Bay rotation that includes All-Star Shane McClanahan and right-handers Tyler Glasnow and Drew Rasmussen.

The Rays will pay Eflin $11 million in 2023, $11 million in 2024 and $18 million in 2025.

The 27-year-old right-hander started last season as a starter and then pitched in relief for the defending NL champions, going 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA in 20 games.

He has a 36–45 career overall mark with a 4.49 ERA in 127 games, including 115 starts.

He relieved 10 games during Philadelphia’s postseason last season, going 0–0 with a 3.38 ERA in 10 2/3 innings.

Eflin’s $40 million commitment is the largest the Rays have ever made for a free agent even on a low budget and exceeds the $35 million, five-year contract they gave pitcher Wilson Alvarez in 1998. and two-year, $30 million award in 2019 for right-hander Charlie Morton.

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