ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher. Zach Eflin agreed to join the Tampa Bay Rays on a three-year, $40 million deal, the largest the club has ever signed as free agents, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the agreement was the subject of a successful physical examination and was not announced.
Eflin, who spent part of seven seasons with the Phillies, will join the rotation that includes an All-Star left-hander. Shane McClanahan and right-handers Tyler Glasnow as well as Drew Rasmussen with the Rays, who will pay him $11 million in 2023, $11 million in 2024, and $18 million in 2025.
The 28-year-old right-hander started last season as a starter and then worked out of the bullpen for the NL champions, going 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA in 20 games. Overall, he has a 36–45 career record with a 4.49 ERA in 127 games, including 115 starts.
He appeared in 10 games as a pitcher during Philadelphia’s postseason this year, going 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 10 2/3 innings.
The $40 million commitment to Eflin is the largest Rays has made for a free agent, surpassing a five-year, $35 million contract with a pitcher signed by Wilson Alvarez in 1998 and a two-year, $30 million contract with a right hand. Charlie Morton received in 2019.
SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain senior vice president and general manager of the New York Yankees. The announcement was made on the first day of winter baseball meetings.
Cashman, CEO of New York City since 1998, has been working on a handshake deal since early November, when his five-year contract expired.
The Yankees have won four games in the AL Championship Series and have not advanced to the World Series since winning in 2009. This is the longest drought for the franchise after an 18-year hiatus between 1978-96.
Cashman’s main offseason goal is to try and re-sign with the AL MVP. Aaron Judge.
That season, Judge broke an American League record of 62 homers with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer ahead of the opening of a seven-year contract that would pay $213.5 million from 2023-29.
As long as Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo November 15 to a two-year, $40 million contract after forfeiting a $16 million player option.
Cashman has been the general manager of the Yankees since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year-old trainee in the intelligence department. In 25 seasons as general manager, the Yankees made 21 playoff appearances, including four World Series championships and six American League championships.