Drake agreed to a one-year, $1.025 million deal with the Rays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
This was Drake's first of three years as an arbitration-eligible player. He should occupy a mid-leverage role in a loaded Rays bullpen.
Drake (5-2) was credited with the win in a victory over the Blue Jays on Friday, allowing an earned run on a solo home run across two innings. He struck out four.
Drake made one mistake, which resulted in a two-run home run by Teoscar Hernandez, of which only one run was charged to Drake. Otherwise, the right-hander turned in yet another strong September effort, even as he saw a 10-appearance scoreless streak snapped. The 32-year-old has recorded multiple strikeouts in three of his last four outings and has five holds and two saves to go along with his two victories across his 14 trips to the mound during the month.
Drake struck out the side during a scoreless ninth inning to record his second save in a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
The 32-year-old's only other save this season came in July, so it's very random he just received his second save. It's not as if he's been pitching well lately to deserve a save opportunity, as he came into the night yielding three runs in his last three frames. Still, owners have to keep Drake on the radar for saves down the stretch, adding to the headache that is the Rays closer situation. Drake is 4-2 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 44 innings this season.
Drake (4-2) earned the win Thursday against the Blue Jays, striking out three while allowing two runs on two hits across one inning.
Drake came into the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead. He allowed a single to Reese McGuire, followed by a two-run home run to Bo Bichette, which tied the game at 4-4. Luckily, Austin Meadows homered in the bottom of the frame, gifting Drake and the Rays with the win. Across 39 appearances, Drake owns a 3.98 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
Drake (1-1) tossed a scoreless inning Friday, allowing a pair of hits and striking out two to earn the win in a 5-3 win over the Mariners.
Drake was the beneficiary of a three-run rally by the Rays in the ninth, which made him the pitcher of record. The right-hander has a 4.03 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 29 innings this season, primarily working in low-leverage situations.
Drake struck out the only batter he faced to record the final out of the game, and his first save of the season, in Monday's 5-4 win over the Yankees.
Diego Castillo and Emilio Pagan both pitched earlier in the night, so after Travis d'Arnaud slugged a game-winning homer off Aroldis Chapman in the top of the ninth inning, Rays manager Kevin Cash had to get creative. Drake, who is on his seventh team in five major-league seasons, now has a 3.80 ERA and 27:9 K:BB through 21.1 innings with four holds in 20 appearances, and the journeyman isn't likely to suddenly become a big part of the closing committee for Tampa.
The Rays selected Drake's contract from Triple-A Durham on Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tampa Bay optioned fellow reliever Casey Sadler to Triple-A to open up a spot in the bullpen for Drake, but the organization will still need to remove a player from the 40-man roster to facilitate the transaction. Drake has yet to appear in the big leagues this season but logged 44 appearances in 2018 between five different teams, accruing a 5.29 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 47.2 innings.
Drake was outrighted to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Juan Toribio of The Athletic reports.
Drake opted to accept his assignment to Durham after passing through waivers untouched. The 32-year-old spent time with six organizations in 2018, posting a combined 5.29 ERA and 51:17 K:BB across 47.2 innings of relief. He'll compete for a spot in Tampa Bay's bullpen as a middle reliever.
Drake was designated for assignment by the Rays on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
After spending time with six organizations over the last calendar year, Drake could be on the way to his third of 2019 just three weeks into the new year, assuming he gets claimed off waivers. Drake's recent history suggests that he's viewed as as asset with enough potential that some team will want him, but it's far from guaranteed that he'll remain with that team through the start of the season. The transaction makes room for the Rays to officially sign outfielder Avisail Garcia.
Drake was sent from Toronto to Tampa Bay in exchange for cash considerations Friday, Juan Toribio of The Athletic reports.
Drake spent time with six organizations in 2018, pitching for the Brewers, Indians, Angels, Blue Jays and Twins before moving to Tampa and then back to Toronto already this offseason. Now back with the Rays, he's already onto his second organization of 2019 just four days into the year, putting him on pace for 182.5 teams. The fact that the Rays have already acquired him twice this offseason suggests that his nomadic lifestyle may be about to end, but even a 3.24 FIP last season didn't help him settle down, so it's too early to tell for sure.
Drake was designated for assignment by Toronto on Sunday.
Drake was claimed by the Blue Jays at the end of November, but he's already been kicked off the 40-man roster. It's unclear at this point where he'll begin the 2019 campaign, especially given his reputation as a journeyman.
Drake was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Monday.
Drake will rejoin the Blue Jays -- one of five teams he pitched for in 2018 -- after being designated for assignment by Tampa Bay last week. The veteran reliever compiled a 5.29 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 51:17 K:BB across 47.2 big-league frames in 2018. It wouldn't be surprising if the Blue Jays attempted to pass him through waivers before the start of the 2019 campaign.
Drake was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Drake was claimed by the Rays at the start of November and has now spent time with six organizations in 2018. The 31-year-old totaled a 5.29 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 47.2 major-league innings this past season.
Drake was claimed off waivers by the Rays on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Drake spent time with five different teams in 2018, posting a combined 5.29 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 51 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. He finished the year with the Twins, where he notched a 2.21 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 9.7 K/9 across 20.1 innings. The right-hander should compete for a middle-relief role in spring training, assuming he isn't moved again this offseason.
Drake was claimed off waivers by Minnesota and will report to the big-league club prior to Saturday's game, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Drake was designated for assignment by Toronto on Monday, which remarkably has been the fourth time he was DFA'd by an organization this season. The 31-year-old only appeared in two games for Toronto, allowing three earned runs across 1.2 innings of relief. Through 27.1 innings of work in 2018, he's logged a 7.57 ERA and 1.83 WHIP.
Drake was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Monday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
Drake will head to the waiver wire after struggling to a 7.57 ERA and 1.83 WHIP with 29 strikeouts through 27.1 innings this season. The Blue Jays are the fourth team Drake has been a part of in 2018.
Drake was claimed off waivers by Toronto on Thursday.
Drake was designated for assignment by the Angels earlier this week but is set to join his fourth organization in 2018 following this transaction. The right-hander will provide additional depth within the Blue Jays' system after accumulating a 7.01 ERA and 1.79 WHIP across 25.2 innings at the big-league level this season.
Drake was designated for assignment by the Angels on Monday.
This marks the third time Drake has been DFA'd by as many organizations since May 1 after previous stops with the Brewers and Indians. He will once again be subject to waivers after logging a 5.19 ERA with a 1.85 WHIP across 8.2 innings with the Angels.
Drake was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.
Drake was sent down to the minors June 19 after clearing waivers, but he'll make a quick turnaround as he'll rejoin the big club for the Angels' upcoming series with the Dodgers. He's made 19 appearances in 2018, posting a disastrous 8.24 ERA and 1.98 WHIP with 23 strikeouts across 19.2 innings, so it appears unlikely that he'll be used in high-leverage situations.
Drake cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.
Drake owns a brutal 8.24 ERA across 19.2 big-league innings this season split between the Brewers, Indians and Angels. He'll continue to serve as organizational bullpen depth.
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