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Rockies, right-hander Ureña agree to $3.5M, 1-year deal Former Rangers executive Daniels named Rays senior adviser

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DENVER — The Colorado Rockies agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal Friday night with the right-hander. Joseph Urena.

Urena will receive a $3 million salary next season and the Rockies have a $4.5 million option for 2024 with a $500,000 buyout. He can earn up to $1 million a year in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for 15, 20, 25, and 30 years.

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Urena, 31, started last season with Milwaukee and made four substitute appearances before being released. In May, he signed a minor league contract with the Rockies and joined the team two months later. He went 3-8 with a 5.14 ERA in 17 starts with Colorado. He had 60 strikeouts and 38 walks.

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The pitcher from the Dominican Republic was originally signed by Miami as an undrafted international free agent. He is 39-62 in his career with a 4.80 ERA. In 2017, he had 14 wins for the Marlins in his career.

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Last season, Colorado used eight starting pitchers, making Houston the smallest player in the majors. The team posted a 5.06 ERA, the highest in the league.

ST. SAINT PETERSBURG, Florida. On Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays hired former Texas Rangers executive John Daniels as a senior baseball operations adviser.

Daniels spent the previous 21 seasons with the Rangers, including the last 17 seasons in charge of their baseball operations department. He was the longest-serving top manager in the team’s history.

Daniels was named Rangers general manager on October 4, 2005. He was only 28 years old and became the youngest grandmaster in Major League Baseball history.

The Rangers made consecutive World Series appearances in the 2010–11 season and made the playoffs five times during Daniels’ tenure.

The Rays promoted Kevin Ybach to VP of Player Personnel. In addition, Samantha Birley was named Assistant Director of Baseball Operations. Jeremy Sawers was named Assistant Director of Major League Operations.

Will Cousins, Chanda Loudermilk and Carlos Rodriguez took on the positions of Assistant General Managers.



Source: mlb.nbcsports.com

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