Tampa Bay Rays Release Pitcher After 4 Seasons With Team

Right-handed reliever Ryan Thompson has been released by the Tampa Bay Rays, capping off a challenging season marked by injuries and inconsistent performance.

Although his current year has been tough, his previous seasons from 2020 to 2022 showcased more promising numbers, including a decent strikeout rate, a strong ground ball rate, and a low walk rate.

Thompson's recent Triple-A outings demonstrated potential through a high strikeout rate, though concerns lingered about his walk rate.

As a free agent, he's likely to attract interest due to his past successes, potentially offering a fresh start with a new team. His remaining arbitration eligibility could serve as an asset for both him and his potential future team, allowing for continued career development.

Over his four-year career in the majors, Thompson holds a 3.88 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, with 111 strikeouts across 120.2 innings and 126 appearances.

The decision to part ways with Thompson was influenced by a combination of factors, including his fluctuating performance and injury struggles.

Despite his recent setbacks, his track record highlights his capability as an effective relief pitcher, which might appeal to teams seeking bullpen reinforcement. Photo Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports