ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have signed free agent left-handed pitcher Brooks Raley to a two-year, $10 million contract, including a club option for the 2024 season. The signing brings the 40-man roster to its full capacity.
Raley made 14 appearances (five starts) for the Chicago Cubs over the 2012-13 seasons, spent the 2014 season in the minors and pitched for the Lotte Giants in the Korean Baseball Organization from 2015-19. In his five seasons in Korea, he went 48-53 with a 4.13 ERA (910.2-IP, 418-ER) in 152 appearances (151 starts). He signed with the Cincinnati Reds in advance of the 2020 season and was traded to the Astros in exchange for a player to be named on August 10, 2020.
Since returning to the majors in 2020, Raley is 2-4 with a 4.83 ERA (69-IP, 37-ER) and 92 strikeouts in 79 appearances. According to StatCast, he has allowed hard-hit contact on 21.4 pct. of batted balls against him over the last two seasons, lowest in the majors among pitchers with at least 60 innings. Raley made six appearances in the 2020 postseason, including four scoreless appearances spanning three innings against the Rays in the American League Championship Series.