Rays sign reliever Ryan Webb to one-year deal


Right-hander Ryan Webb has agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with the Rays, the team announced.

Last offseason Webb had to settle for a minor-league deal from the Indians, but he provided excellent value with a 3.20 ERA and 31/12 K/BB ratio in 51 innings. He also has a career ERA of 3.35 ERA in 376 innings spent with four different teams, so the 30-year-old is a solid depth pickup for Tampa Bay’s bullpen.

And with left-hander Jake McGee departing via trade to the Rockies the Rays could end up using Webb as a late-inning setup man.

Ronald Acuña Jr. reaches a rare home run milestone

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Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.

Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.

The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.