The Rays have acquired pitchers Adrian Sampson and Manny Rodriguez and worldwide free agent bonus pool area from the Cubs for minor league pitcher Josh Roberson, in keeping with Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic.
Sampson, 31, joined the Cubs’ rotation in late June final yr because the crew handled accidents to Marcus Stroman, Drew Smyly, and Wade Miley. The journeyman righty was surprisingly capable of stick, placing collectively 19 begins with a 3.28 ERA. Sampson’s low strikeout fee instructed that stage of success was unsustainable, but it surely was sufficient for the Cubs to retain him on a $1.9MM arbitration deal.
After shedding the Cubs’ fifth starter battle out of camp this yr to Hayden Wesneski, Sampson was optioned to Triple-A. In Could he hit the IL after a meniscal debridement process on his proper knee and was bounced from the team’s 40-man roster as soon as he recovered. To retain his career-best wage, Sampson couldn’t reject the Cubs’ outright.
The Rays are the subsequent cease for Sampson, who pitched in KBO in 2020 and was with the Rangers, Mariners, and Pirates earlier than that.
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