Tampa Bay Rays, Zach Eflin attain settlement on 3-year, $40M deal

Proper-hander Zach Eflin and the Tampa Bay Rays are in settlement on a three-year contract value $40 million, sources informed ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The deal, which is pending a bodily, is the biggest free-agent contract in Rays historical past, topping the five-year, $35 million contract that pitcher Wilson Alvarez acquired earlier than the group’s inaugural 1998 season.

Earlier than reaching settlement with Eflin, the Rays have been the final remaining group within the majors to by no means have dedicated greater than $35 million to a free agent, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Data analysis. There now are two groups left — the Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates — which have by no means spent $40 million on a free agent.

Eflin, 28, turned a free agent after turning down a $15 million mutual choice for a $150,000 buyout from the Philadelphia Phillies, finishing a $5.7 million, one-year contract.

Eflin, who performed his total seven-year profession in Philadelphia, will be part of a Rays rotation that features Tyler Glasnow, Shane McClanahan and Drew Rasmussen.

Final season, Eflin went 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA, hanging out 65 in 75⅔ innings. He pitched 4⅓ scoreless innings in aid within the World Collection, with the Phillies dropping in six video games to the Houston Astros.