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Monday, November 29, 2021

Rays To Sign Brooks Raley

The Rays have agreed to a deal with free-agent lefty Brooks Raley, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal will be finalized once Raley, a client of Vanguard Sports, passes a physical. It’s a two-year deal with an option, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Raley, 33, was one of the top lefty relievers on the market this winter. Since 2020, he’s posted a 31.8 K% and 7.6 BB% in 69 innings for the Reds and Astros. That strikeout rate ranks 22nd among all relievers during that time among those with at least 60 innings pitched.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2021 at 02:12 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. sotapop Posted: November 30, 2021 at 10:55 AM (#6055327)
Seems like yet another cagey move by the Rays and fits right into the org's penchant for using busloads of specialist relievers. From the article:

"As you’d expect, Raley has been devastating against lefty batters, with a 40.5 K% against them in that time. Though Raley isn’t a hard-thrower, he boasts excellent fastball and curveball spin rates. He also had the second-lowest average exit velocity in all of baseball this year among those with at least 100 batters faced, as well as the game’s best hard-hit percentage. He’s an extremely tough at-bat for lefty batters."
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2021 at 12:02 PM (#6055342)
Same Cubs draft class as Brett Jackson and DJ LeMahieu. Spent five years in Korea. Nice to see keep grinding and get his payday.

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