Rays shut down Drew Smyly at 153 innings


Drew Smyly has been ace-like for the Rays since they acquired him from the Tigers in the three-team David Price trade, boasting a 1.70 ERA and 0.755 WHIP in 47 2/3 frames. But this is Smyly’s first year as a full-time starter and he had already logged 105 1/3 innings for Detroit at the time of the July 31 swap, so the Rays are shutting him down for the remainder of the 2014 campaign with an innings total of 153.

Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune had it first.

The Rays were criticized by many for not getting enough of a return out of the Price trade, but the left-handed Smyly is flashing the stuff of a front-line starter at the age of 25 and he is under club control through the 2018 season. Price can become a free agent after 2015. Tampa Bay also acquired infield prospect Nick Franklin from the Mariners in the deal. He is being groomed as the club’s future starting second baseman.

Smyly totaled 76 innings as a long reliever for the Tigers in 2013, to the tune of a 2.37 ERA.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.