Rays drawing trade interest in Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have drawn trade interest in relievers Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee. In particular, the Astros and Tigers were among the teams expressing interest. Additionally, Topkin notes that the Rays are open to dealing another starter, potentially Drew Smyly or Matt Moore.

Boxberger, 27, is under team control through 2019 and is not yet eligible for arbitration. He led the American League with 41 saves this past season, also compiling a 3.71 ERA and a 74/32 K/BB ratio over 63 innings. The right-hander was impressive in the first half but faltered in the second half, with respective split ERA’s of 3.25 and 4.33.

McGee, 29, is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $3.55 million in 2015. He made his season debut on May 17 after undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery in December. The lefty finished with a 2.41 ERA and a 48/8 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings.