Tampa Bay Rays Sign Former Brewers Pitcher

Headed to Florida.

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed pitcher Trevor Kelley to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.

Kelley will compete this spring for a spot on the Rays' Opening Day roster. 

Kelley was assigned outright to Triple-A Nashville earlier this month by the Milwaukee Brewers, however, he declined the assignment and instead elected free agency.

The thirty-year-old is coming off an ugly season in the majors, where he posted a 6.08 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts across 23.2 innings and 18 appearances.

He fared much better in the minors, however, recording a pristine 2.26 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts over 34.1 innings of work. He made 34 relief appearances, converted nine saves and held a 3-3 record.

The Rays will hope to take his minor-league success and translate it to the majors.

Kelley is a former 36th-round pick by the Red Sox in the 2015 MLB Draft.
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