Blue Jays place Brandon Drury on disabled list with fractured left hand

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On Tuesday, the Blue Jays announced that infielder Brandon Drury has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left hand. Infielder Richard Ureña has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

Drury, 25, was recently acquired by the Blue Jays along with outfielder Billy McKinney from the Yankees in the J.A. Happ deal. According to Blue Jays play-by-play broadcaster Mike Wilner, Drury’s hand had already been fractured prior to the trade, but he thought it was just a bone bruise. Drury had been receiving treatment for his hand before undergoing another scan on Sunday. He will keep his hand in a cast for two weeks before being reevaluated.

Drury, understandably, was slow to start with the Jays, batting .154/.241/.231 in 29 plate appearances. He got scant playing time in New York, despite the Yankees going out of their way to acquire him as part of a three-way trade in February that also involved the Rays and Diamondbacks. The Yankees called up Miguel Andujar after Drury went on the disabled list due to migraines. Andujar performed well, which meant Drury had to spend most of his 2018 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. As you can imagine, it’s been a tough year

RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to 3-year, $12 million contract

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a three-year, $12 million contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.

The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667 in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have a $7 million option for 2026 with a $1 million buyout.

His 2024 and 2025 salaries could increase by $300,000 each based on games finished in the previous season: $150,000 each for 35 and 40.

Tampa Bay’s option price could increase by up to $6 million, including $4 million for appearances: $1 million each for 60 and 70 in 2025; $500,000 for 125 from 2023-25 and $1 million each for 135, 150 and 165 from 2023-25. The option price could increase by $2 million for games finished in 2025: $500,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Fairbanks also has a $500,000 award bonus for winning the Hoffman/Rivera reliever of the year award and $200,000 for finishing second or third.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 11-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 15 saves in 111 appearances, with all but two of the outings coming out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Rays from the Texas Rangers in July 2019.

Fairbanks was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Fairbanks made his 2022 debut on July 17 and tied for the team lead with eight saves despite being sidelined more than three months. In addition, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 career postseason appearances, all with Tampa Bay.

He had asked for a raise from $714,400 to $1.9 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged Jan. 13, and the Rays had offered for $1.5 million.

Fairbanks’ agreement was announced two days after left-hander Jeffrey Springs agreed to a $31 million, four-year contract with Tampa Bay that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Harold Ramirez.