Tag:Dan Wheeler
Posted on: December 18, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: December 18, 2010 1:02 pm
 

Red Sox grab another Tampa free agent

Dan Wheeler Carl Crawford isn't the only former Ray to join AL East nemesis Boston this winter, reliever Dan Wheeler is headed to the Red Sox on a one-year deal with a team option for 2012, WEEI.com's Alex Speier writes .

That option would vest if he makes 65 appearances in 2011. He made 64 in 2010, but has averaged 70 since 2005, so it's a reasonable goal.

Wheeler, 33, is a Rhode Island native and has been with the Rays since 2007. The right-hander was 2-4 with a  3.35 ERA in 48 1/3 innings last season, striking out 46 batters, walking 16 and allowing 36 hits. In the last three seasons, he's had an ERA of 3.24 and a WHIP of 0.975.

UPDATE: The Boston Globe reports the deal is worth $3 million, with another $250,000 if he makes 75 appearances.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 15, 2010 5:30 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2010 6:02 pm
 

Marlins sign Choate, Sox after Wheeler

Choate The reliever market is speeding up now that Scott Downs is an Angel.

Matt Guerrier came off the board earlier today (Dodgers) and now Randy Choate has agreed to a two-year deal with the Marlins.

Choate (pictured), who spent the last two seasons with the Rays after struggling with the Yankees and Diamondbacks and then not pitching in 2008, has a $2.5 million deal plus incentives as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

Choate appeared in 85 games for the Rays in 2010, but pitched just 44 2/3 innings as he is a LOOGY.

Meanwhile, another Rays reliever may be on the verge of joining a different team. WEEI reports that the Red Sox and Dan Wheeler are nearing an agreement. The 33-year-old Wheeler has posted a cumulative 3.24 ERA over the last three seasons with Tampa in 172 1/3 innings. He has been rather consistent in these three years and strikes out eight batters per nine innings over his career along with 2.8 walks per nine.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Rays need to rebuild bullpen

Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena are gone, but those aren't the Rays' biggest losses, manager Joe Maddon said at Tuesday's media session at the MLB Winter Meetings.

"If we can get a bullpen back together, that can put us back into the 90-win category," Maddon said.

The Rays are slated to lose not only closer Rafael Soriano, but already lost Joaquin Benoit to the Tigers. Dan Wheeler is a free agent, as are Grant Balfour, Randy Choate and Chad Qualls, who all three turned down arbitration. The team also non-tendered Lance Cormier.

That leaves the Rays in need of a near-total bullpen restoration. Andy Sonnanstine is the lone carry-over from last season's bullpen.

"I don't think it's nearly impossible," Maddon said of rebuilding the bullpen, "but it's going to be challenging."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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