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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
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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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Brad Boxberger picked up his 25th save with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's 5-2 victory over the Tigers.

Boxberger struck out J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos, issued a walk to Alex Avila, then got Jose Iglesias to ground out to end the game. The right-hander is now 25-for-27 in save chances on the year with a 3.10 ERA and a 51/20 K/BB ratio over 40 2/3 innings.
Jul 27 - 10:56 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are expected to listen to trade offers for their top relievers.

Topkin thinks it's more likely that the club trades away a reliever than it is they add some much-needed offense. He lists Brad Boxberger, Jake McGee and Kevin Jepsen as possibilities to be dealt, with Jepsen "the most likely to go" and Boxberger "likely to be the most sought after." Boxberger isn't eligible for arbitration until after next season, while McGee and Jepsen could both see their salaries go past $5 million via arbitration in 2016.
Jul 24 - 8:41 AM

Brad Boxberger retired the Phillies in order in the ninth inning to earn his 24th save as the Rays won on Tuesday.

Boxberger struck out Ryan Howard, got Cody Asche to foul out down the right field line, then induced a game-ending ground out from Domonic Brown. The right-hander is now 24-for-26 in save chances with a 3.08 ERA and a 49/19 K/BB ratio in 38 innings.
Jul 21 - 10:02 PM

Brad Boxberger worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 23rd save of the season, completing Sunday's 4-3 victory against the Astros.

Boxberger struck out Jason Castro, got Jose Altuve to ground out, and Marwin Gonzalez to fly out in an easy, 11-pitch frame. The right-hander improves to 23-for-25 in save chances with a 3.25 ERA and a 48/18 K/BB ratio in 36 innings.
Jul 12 - 4:03 PM

Brad Boxberger tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Astros for his 21st save of the season.

Boxberger struck out a pair in the frame. It was his first save since June 27. This isn't an indication of the bullpen hierarchy as much as the Rays simply haven't provided many save chances recently.
Jul 10 - 9:45 PM

Brad Boxberger allowed a home run but earned the save against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Boxberger gave up a solo homer to Edwin Encarnacion that cut the Rays' lead to one, but he recovered to earn his 19th save. The right-hander struck out two in the inning of work. Boxberger, who appears to remain the closer of choice despite Jake McGee's presence, has a 2.93 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 38/13 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings this year.
Jun 23 - 9:28 PM

Brad Boxberger worked around trouble Friday against the Indians to convert his 17th save of the season.

Asked to hold a three-run lead, Boxberger walked two in the inning, but managed to finish off the save by striking out Michael Bourn looking. The 27-year-old has now notched saves on back-to-back days, with Jake McGee pitching the eighth inning in each of them. Still, this dynamic could change without warning.
Jun 19 - 10:52 PM

Brad Boxberger earned his first save since May 31 with a scoreless ninth Thursday against the Nationals.

Boxberger dealt with triceps tightness earlier this month, opening the door for the Rays to use a closer-by-committee. Boxberger should remain an option for saves going forward, but he might have to split chances with Jake McGee. McGee pitched a scoreless eighth to set him up tonight.
Jun 18 - 11:06 PM

Working for a second straight night, Brad Boxberger retired one of the two hitters he faced Thursday against the Angels.

Boxberger just missed six days with a triceps problem, but manager Kevin Cash chose to use him for a second straight night after Kevin Jepsen got into trouble in the seventh. Boxberger came in with two on and allowed an RBI groundout and then a double to Mike Trout before being pulled. He'll almost certainly get Friday off now, and we have no idea when he might earn his next save chance.
Jun 11 - 10:48 PM

Brad Boxberger (triceps) earned his first hold of the season Wednesday in the Rays' win over the Angels.

Jake McGee worked a scoreless ninth inning for his first save and Kevin Jepsen worked the seventh for his 14th hold. Boxberger had been sidelined all week with tightness in his right triceps muscle. The 27-year-old should still be the primary closer in Tampa Bay.
Jun 11 - 8:43 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that Brad Boxberger has been dealing with tightness in his triceps.

That would explain why Kevin Jepsen has gotten the call in the last two save chances for the Rays. Cash indicated that Boxberger was able to throw off a mound on Saturday and the team doesn't believe that the injury is serious. He's expected to be available out of the bullpen on Tuesday.
Jun 7 - 7:15 PM

Brad Boxberger escaped a ninth-inning jam to earn his 15th save as the Rays defeated the Orioles 9-5 on Sunday.

Xavier Cedeno started the ninth inning with a 9-4 lead, but gave up a leadoff home run to Manny Machado, then allowed a one-out single to Delmon Young and a walk to Chris Davis before giving way to Boxberger. Boxberger was able to get Travis Snider to ground out and J.J. Hardy to fly out to end the ballgame. The right-hander is perfect in 15 save chances with a 2.70 ERA and a 28/8 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. Jake McGee has continued to pitch in lower-leverage situations, but he should eventually cut into the number of save opportunities Boxberger sees.
May 31 - 5:19 PM

Brad Boxberger took the loss in a non-save situation on Wednesday, allowing a three-run home run in his only inning of work as the Rays dropped Wednesday's matinee with the Mariners 3-0.

Chris Archer and Felix Hernandez were trading zeroes, but Boxberger took the mound to start the ninth. He issued a pair of two-out walks to bring Cruz to the plate, and Cruz made him pay, blasting a three-run home run to center. It was a non-save situation, so Boxberger remains 13-for-13 in save situations with a 2.95 ERA and a 27/8 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.
May 27 - 3:39 PM

Brad Boxberger notched a one-out save in Friday's 5-2 win over the Athletics.

Ernesto Frieri went into the top of the ninth with a four-run lead, but he was pulled after allowing two hits and a sacrifice fly. However, Boxberger struck out Stephen Vogt swinging to lock down the victory. He's 13-for-13 in save chances this season to go along with a 1.10 ERA and 24/6 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings. Jake McGee is back from the DL, but Rays manager Kevin Cash is still going to give Boxberger opportunities.
May 22 - 11:30 PM

Depth Charts

C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Matt Moore
4Nate Karns
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Drew Smyly
7Alex Cobb
8Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Jeff Beliveau
5Steve Geltz
6Brandon Gomes
7Xavier Cedeno
8Alex Colome