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Rays outright Jeff Niemann off 40-man roster

Nov 18, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

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Not so long ago Jeff Niemann was a big part of the Rays’ plans, but the former No. 4 overall pick missed most of 2012 and all of 2013 with a fractured fibula followed by shoulder surgery and now Tampa Bay has dropped him from the 40-man roster.

Niemann chose free agency, so he’ll be looking for a new home at age 30 after throwing 544 innings with a 4.08 ERA for the Rays.

As of September he was hoping to be fully healthy in time for spring training, so Niemann should draw plenty of interest as an inexpensive bounceback candidate capable of being a mid-rotation starter.

  1. jbriggs81 - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I definitely see upside in signing Niemann, but how does a team determine what type of contract they are willing to offer him? Basically, how do you determine value for this type of player? He hasn’t really pitched in two years (on and off) and had shoulder surgery. Does he get more than a one year offer?

    • jwbiii - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Players who are outrighted and walk generally get MiLB/NRIs.

  2. jaysfan64 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    “Alex Anthopoulos, line 1 please…Alex, line 1″…

  3. raysfan1 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    He’s the sort the Rays would often take a flyer on with either a minor league deal or one year low-dollar deal with incentives. I’m guessing therefore he did not want that, nor the idea he’d likely have found his way to the pen.

    I’ve seen a rumor connecting him to the O’s.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Holy crap.

    He’s older than Scott Kazmir?

  5. psunick - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    San Francisco

  6. thepittsburghkid - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Pirates are all over this.

  7. NYTolstoy - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    crazy once upon a time this guy was gonna be a top of the rotation starter. didn’t even notice when it went wrong. I hope he finds a spot and can prove he still has something left.

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