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 instructed ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

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

Earlier than reaching settlement with Eflin, the Rays have been the final remaining workforce within the majors to by no means have dedicated greater than $35 million to a free agent, in line with ESPN Stats & Info 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 possibility for a $150,000 buyout from the Philadelphia Phillies, finishing a $5.7 million, one-year contract.

Eflin, who performed his complete 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, putting out 65 in 75⅔ innings. He pitched 4⅓ scoreless innings in reduction within the World Collection, with the Phillies shedding in six video games to the Houston Astros.