Neil Wagner

Rays sign Neil Wagner to an uncommon two-year minor league deal

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Minor league deals, particularly those signed by injured veteran pitchers in their 30’s, are almost always one-year deals, but the Rays agreed to a two-year deal with Neil Wagner, Ben Nicholson-Smith of The Score reports. Wagner underwent Tommy John surgery on August 19 and will need all of 2015 to recover, so the Rays are ensuring they’ll have him the following season. The deal includes an invitation to 2016 spring training.

Wagner has unimpressive results through 53 innings in the major leagues, 38 of them coming last year with the Jays and another 10 this season in Toronto. He has a career 4.92 ERA with a 43/20 K/BB ratio. However, he flashes a fastball that sits in the mid-90’s. That always looks good on the resume.