Tampa Bay Rays Sign 12-Year Veteran Pitcher

The Chicago White Sox made a notable move by releasing left-handed pitcher James Diekman earlier this week.

Diekman, a 36-year-old veteran, had struggled this season, evident from his troublesome 7.94 ERA, 2.11 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts across 11.1 innings and 13 appearances.

Despite a career ERA of 3.96 over 12 seasons in the major leagues, Diekman's recent performances hinted at a decline in effectiveness.
However, the Tampa Bay Rays have now signed Diekman to a one-year deal.

Last season, he posted a 4.99 ERA over 57.2 innings, and this year, he continued to struggle with a 7.94 ERA, issuing more free passes (13) than strikeouts (11).

Following his designation for assignment, Diekman went unclaimed on waivers, leading the White Sox to absorb the remainder of his $4 million salary.

The 36-year-old now joins the talented Rays pitching staff.

In a corresponding move, Chase Anderson has been designated for assignment, just days after signing with the Rays.
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