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.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.