Rays adding to bullpen, close to signing Shawn Tolleson
The Rays are making a move to bolster their bullpen as they are close to finalizing a deal with RHP Shawn Tolleson, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.
Tolleson, 29 on Thursday, saved 35 games for the Rangers in 2015 but struggled through a rough 2016 season, losing his closer's job, getting sent to the minors, being sidelined with a back injury and then dropped from the roster.
He elected free agency, and chose to join the Rays over several options, which included going back to Texas.
Tolleson's 2016 season was not pretty, as he went 2-2, 7.68 with 11 saves. But in 2015, he was 6-4, 2.99 with 35 saves in 37 chances over 73 games with 76 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings. That after going 3-1, 2.76 in 2014 as a setup man working 64 games.
Tolleson is considered healthy and if he can regain form would add some experience to a bullpen anchored by Alex Colome, Brad Boxberger and Xavier Cedeno.