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Rays re-sign reliever Chris Devenski to 1-year deal plus option

The right-hander was 3-2, 2.08 in nine games last season after being signed following his release by the Angels.
 
Rays relief pitcher Chris Devenski re-signed to a one-year deal worth at least $1.1 million with a 2025 option.
Rays relief pitcher Chris Devenski re-signed to a one-year deal worth at least $1.1 million with a 2025 option. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Dec. 6, 2023

NASHVILLE — The Rays’ first free-agent addition of the offseason was a somewhat familiar face, as they re-signed reliever Chris Devenski to a one-year deal worth at least $1.1 million with a 2025 option.

The 33-year-old right-hander will get $1 million this coming season, with the chance to earn another $200,000 in incentives; if the Rays pick up his option, he gets up to $3 million in 2025 based on incentives and escalator clauses. The buyout on the option, also based on incentives, is $100,000, $200,000 or $250,000.

The Rays signed Devenski after he was released by the Angels in late August, and they liked what they saw as he went 3-2, 2.08 in nine games, striking out nine in 8 2/3 innings.

“It wasn’t a whole lot of time, but what we learned about him validated a lot of the things we heard prior: made well, extremely competitive, health is in a much better place,” Rays baseball operations president Erik Neander said. “Just looking ahead, somebody that I think can fit our pitching puzzle in a variety of ways. Certainly has the experience of the single-inning use and has an openness and interest in getting stretched out a little bit.

“What that looks like, we’ll see. But no matter the role, just having somebody that is as competitive as he is ... we’re happy to bring him back.”

Because Devenski has more than five years of big-leave service time, he can’t be sent to the minors without signing a waiver. Signing Devenski filled the Rays’ 40-man roster, so barring an unexpected move, they won’t be eligible to select in Wednesday’s Rule 5 draft of minor-league players.

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