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Diamondbacks acquire Brad Boxberger from the Rays

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired righty reliever Brad Boxberger from the Tampa Bay Ray for minor league righty Curtis Taylor.

Boxberger, 29, had a fine year as far as rate stats go, posting a 3.38 ERA (123 ERA+) with a 40/11 K/BB ratio in 29.1 innings this past year with Tampa Bay. He missed roughly half the season though, with various minor injuries. He is also arbitration-eligible and is likely due to a raise over his $1.6 million salary for next season. While that’s not a lot, it’s a lot for the Rays, so this trade is best viewed as a financial move more than a baseball move.

In return, the Rays get Taylor, who started 13 games in A-ball this past season, positing a 3.32 ERA and a K/BB ratio 63/28 in 62.1 innings. He was a fourth round pick of the Dbacks in the 2016 draft.

Twins sign Fernando Rodney

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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.

The Twins make number nine.