Rays make official Eovaldi deal, DFA Eddie Gamboa
UPDATE, 1:33: Eovaldi's deal is for $2-million in 2017 with a team option for a $2M salary in 2018 plus up to $3.5M additional in incentive bonuses, based on both starting and relieving.
DEVELOPING: The Rays this morning made official their signing of RHP Nathan Eovaldi to a one-year, $2-million deal with a 2018 option for $2-million plus incentives.
Though Eovaldi is expected to miss the entire 2017 season as he rehabs from Tommy John elbow surgery and will be placed on the 60-day DL, the Rays first had to add him to the 40-man roster.
To make room, they DFA'd RHP Eddie Gamboa, the knuckleballer who came up last season to make his big-league debut. The Rays have 10 days to trade, release or pass him through waivers, which would seem likely at this time of year.
Once Eovaldi goes on the 60-day DL they will have an open spot on their 40-man roster.
Eovaldi said he chose the Rays in large part given their strong track record in rehabbing pitchers who have Tommy John surgery, including former Yankees teammate Chase Whitley. Eovaldi, who had surgery in August, has been doing sock throws and is slated to play catch for the first time on Saturday.
He said it is possible he could be pitching at least in minor-league or instructional league games after the summer.