Tampa Bay Rays Signing Zach Eflin to a Three-Year Deal

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Tampa Bay Rays Signing Zach Eflin to a Three-Year Deal

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Yup, price tags are a-climbin’. Matthew Boyd was a bit of evidence earlier, and Zach Eflin is a BIG bit of evidence tonight.

The 28-year-old righty is getting a big deal from the Tampa Bay Rays:

It’s actually pretty close to the three-year deal the Cubs gave a slightly-younger Tyler Chatwood back in the day, and it’s the same kind of bet on a guy finally being able to stay healthy enough, and get the stats to match the stuff. It didn’t work out for the Cubs, but I wouldn’t bet against the Rays. And I did like Eflin.

Eflin, who has managed just 181.1 innings total over the last two innings, pitched in relief late in the year fro the Phillies, but he’ll return to the rotation. He’s been a better-than-average pitcher by the results and the peripherals the last few years, so it’s not like it’s hard to see why the Rays were interested here. But that’s quite a big contract for them! Biggest free agent deal in team history. Must be spending that BAMTech money …

I also suppose this is further evidence that, for example, when there are reports out there that Jameson Taillon is going to do better than four years and $56 million, that’s just where the market is now.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.