‘Pitcher who saved the team’ Ray signs $4.7B deal with Milwaukee…Ruff is a free agent

“Milwaukee has signed Ray, a free agent, to a one-year contract with a club option for 2025,” MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball (MLB), reported on Wednesday. The 2024 salary is $3.5 million ($4.7 million), according to the source. The team option is worth $5.5 million ($7.3 billion) and the buyout is $1 million ($1.3 billion).

MLB.com wrote of his performance, “He’s not a Corbin Burns or Freddy Peralta, but Rey quietly got the job done every time Milwaukee called on him in 2023. Rey’s record this season is 6-6 with a 4.55 ERA. His objective numbers are behind Burns (10-8, 3.39 ERA) and Peralta (12-10, 3.86 ERA), but he’s been worth his weight in salt in both the starting and bullpen roles.굿모닝토토

“He was one of the pitchers who kept Milwaukee in the hunt for a 92-win regular season and a National League Central title, filling in for injured players, sometimes starting in the sixth inning to give others a break, and sometimes working out of the bullpen,” MLB.com wrote. “The biggest thing you can say about Ray is that he was third on our team in innings pitched (124 and two-thirds),” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said in September, “and that tells you how important he was.”

Milwaukee will likely miss Brandon Woodruff next season after he had shoulder surgery. Wade Miley must decide whether to exercise his mutual option. With Burns and Adrian Houser available for trade interest, the Brewers grabbed Ray early. Ray was one of eight players on the team who became unrestricted free agents after the season. The list also includes former Samsung Lions infielder Darin Ruff. Ruff left the San Francisco Giants in May to join Milwaukee, but he didn’t do much with the team. Since joining Milwaukee, he has appeared in 11 big league games, batting .192 (5-for-26).

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