The Rays announced on Thursday that the club claimed pitcher Oliver Drake off waivers from the Twins.
Drake, 31, is well-traveled. In 2018, he wore uniforms for the Brewers, Indians, Angels, Blue Jays, and Twins. Prior to that, he was with the Orioles, so the Rays will be his seventh organization.
The right-hander owns a career 4.59 ERA with 151 strikeouts and 58 walks in 137 1/3 innings. Drake could be utilized in the Rays’ “opener” strategy.
Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.
For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.
Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.