Tampa Bay Rays, Zach Eflin reach agreement on 3-year, $40M deal

Right-hander Zach Eflin and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed a three-year deal worth $40 million, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The deal, pending investigation, is the largest free-agent deal in Rays history, beating the five-year, $35 million contract pitcher Wilson Alvarez received prior to the team’s inaugural 1998 season.

Before settling with Eflin, the Rays were the last remaining team from the majors never to have tied more than $35 million to a free agent, according to an ESPN Stats & Information investigation. Now there are two teams left — the Oakland Athletics and the Pittsburgh Pirates — that have never spent $40 million on a free agent.

Eflin, 28, became a free agent after turning down a $15 million mutual option for a $150,000 buyout from the Philadelphia Phillies and inheriting a one-year, $5.7 million contract .

Eflin, who has spent his entire seven-year career in Philadelphia, will join a Rays rotation that includes Tyler Glasnow, Shane McClanahan and Drew Rasmussen.

Last season, Eflin went 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA and batted 65 in 75⅔ innings. He pitched 4⅓ scoreless innings in World Series relief, with the Phillies losing to the Houston Astros in six games.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/35159195/tampa-bay-rays-rhp-zach-eflin-reach-agreement-3-year-deal Tampa Bay Rays, Zach Eflin reach agreement on 3-year, $40M deal

Emma Bowman

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