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Brad Boxberger | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC
Contract: view contract details

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According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Dodgers, Nationals, and Diamondbacks are among the teams expressing interest in Rays relievers Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee.
Detroit and Houston are also believed to be in the mix. There isn't a ton of reliable bullpen help available on the free agent market this winter, so teams are trying to get creative. And that could work out nicely for the Rays, who are always open to wheeling and dealing if its going to bring back young, cost-controlled talent. Boxberger led the American League in saves this year with 41 and McGee owns a 2.07 ERA in 108 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2014 season. Nov 16 - 9:12 AM

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Brad Boxberger picked up his 40th save despite allowing a run in the ninth Wednesday against the Marlins.

He's been great for his fantasy owners, but Boxberger was a much better pitcher last year, when he finished with two saves, a 2.37 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. Right now, he has a 3.77 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP to go along with all of the saves.
Sep 30 - 10:21 PM

Brad Boxberger preserved the Rays' 4-2 win over the Marlins with a scoreless ninth inning, picking up his 39th save in the process.

Boxberger struck out Derek Dietrich, got J.T. Realmuto to fly out, and induced a game-ending ground out from Ichiro Suzuki. The closer is now 39-for-45 in save chances with a 3.69 ERA and a 73/32 K/BB ratio over 61 innings.
Sep 29 - 9:50 PM

Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless ninth inning, claiming his 36th save in Tuesday's 5-2 win versus the Red Sox.

Boxberger had allowed runs in each of his previous two outings, continuing a poor second half. Things started off poorly, as he issued a leadoff walk, but he bounced back to get Rusney Castillo to strike out before registering back-to-back strikeouts of Blake Swihart and Deven Marrero. Boxberger is now 36-for-42 in save chances with a 3.84 ERA and a 72/31 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings.
Sep 22 - 10:06 PM

Brad Boxberger allowed four runs and recorded only two outs in the ninth inning, blowing the save in Monday's loss to the Yankees.

Boxberger, protecting a one-run lead, issued a two-out walk to Brett Gardner, who moved to second base on fielder's indifference, and then came in to score the tying run on an Alex Rodriguez double. He then intentionally walked Brian McCann before serving up a three-run home run to Slade Heathcott. Boxberger has had an ugly second half and is overall 34-for-40 in save situations with a 3.81 ERA and a 69/30 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings.
Sep 14 - 10:28 PM

Brad Boxberger tossed a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Yankees for his 33rd save of the season.

Nice to see for Boxberger, who blew a save last time out. The 27-year-old leads the American League with 33 saves, but he hasn't been nearly as effective as he was last year. He owns a 3.33 ERA and 65/28 K/BB ratio over 54 innings.
Sep 5 - 4:58 PM

Brad Boxberger blew the save on Wednesday, allowing a two-run home run in the ninth inning as the Rays were defeated in 11 innings by the Orioles.

Boxberger issued a leadoff walk to Matt Wieters, then watched a 6-4 lead turn into a 6-6 tie when Jonathan Schoop smacked a home run to left field. The right-hander rebounded, retiring the next three hitters in order to send the game to the 10th inning. Boxberger is now 33-for-38 in save situations this year with a 3.40 ERA and a 65/28 K/BB ratio in 53 innings.
Sep 2 - 11:01 PM

Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 33rd save as the Rays took down the Orioles 6-3 on Monday.

Boxberger issued a two-out walk to Chris Davis, but it didn't matter as Matt Wieters flied out to end the game. The right-hander is happy to close out August as he had a rough month. Still, he's 33-for-37 overall in save chances with a 3.12 ERA and a 64/27 K/BB ratio in 52 innings.
Aug 31 - 10:36 PM

Brad Boxberger collected his 32nd save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Royals.

Boxberger got Mike Moustakas to ground out, Paulo Orlando to foul out, and Omar Infante to line out in a 14-pitch ninth inning. The right-hander has had a really tough August, allowing six runs in 11 appearances with two blown saves. Still, on the season, he's 32-for-36 in save opportunities with a 3.18 ERA and a 63/26 K/BB ratio in 51 innings.
Aug 30 - 4:36 PM

Brad Boxberger struck out the side in the ninth for his 31st save Thursday against the Twins.

Boxberger had given up a run in three straight appearances dating back to Aug. 18. He was perfect on this one, though, using 14 pitches to fan three batters.
Aug 27 - 11:13 PM

Brad Boxberger escaped with a save after giving up a run and three hits in the ninth Friday against the Rays.

Fortunately, the Rays upped their lead from one run to two in the top of the ninth. It's the third straight outing in which Boxberger has allowed a run, and while his 3.31 ERA is still decent enough, his WHIP stands at 1.45. He's probably safe as the closer anyway, especially with Jake McGee out for at least a few weeks.
Aug 22 - 1:16 AM

Brad Boxberger took his fourth blown save after giving up a run in the ninth Wednesday against the Astros.

Boxberger has taken a blown save or a loss in four of his last six appearances, though he's not really getting lit up; his ERA has merely climbed from 2.89 to 3.19 during the stretch. Especially now that Jake McGee is banged up, it doesn't appear likely that Boxberger will lose save chances.
Aug 20 - 12:27 AM

Brad Boxberger notched his 28th save of the season Saturday in the Rays' 5-4 win over the Mets.

Boxberger pitched a perfect ninth inning, inducing two groundouts and a foul out to end it. The 27-year-old right-hander had been handed losses in his previous two appearances, so Saturday's outing comes as a breath of fresh air. Boxberger owns a 2.96 ERA in 45 2/3 innings this season as Tampa Bay's primary closer.
Aug 8 - 9:25 PM

Brad Boxberger worked out of trouble to earn his 27th save as the Rays beat the White Sox 5-4 on Monday.

Boxberger allowed a leadoff single to Alexei Ramirez, who promptly stole second base. Adam LaRoche then hit a single to center field, but Ramirez was thrown out. Avisail Garcia then struck out, and Carlos Sanchez lined out to end the game. Boxberger moves to 27-for-29 in save chances with a 56/21 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings on the season.
Aug 4 - 12:12 AM

Chris Cotillo of reports that it would take a "deadline type premium" for the Rays to trade Brad Boxberger or Jake McGee.

Boxberger isn't eligible for arbitration until after next season, so he always seemed unlikely to be dealt. It appears McGee will also probably stay put even though he's starting to get expensive in arbitration. Kevin Jepsen seems like the Rays reliever most likely to be on the move.
Jul 28 - 9:03 PM

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C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Luke Maile
1B1James Loney
2Richie Shaffer
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Logan Morrison
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Matt Moore
6Alex Cobb
7Chase Whitley
8Jacob Faria
9Taylor Guerrieri
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Alex Colome
4Danny Farquhar
5Steve Geltz
6Xavier Cedeno
7Matt Andriese
8Enny Romero
9Andrew Bellatti