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Alex Colome | Relief Pitcher | #37

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/31/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / UDFA / TB
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Alex Colome notched his fourth save Wednesday in Tampa Bay’s win over the Rangers.
It wasn’t the cleanest outing for Colome, who allowed a hit, two walks and a run in his lone inning of work. Only 10 of the right-hander’s 20 pitches went for strikes, though he escaped disaster by getting Ronald Guzman to ground into a game-ending double play. Even with Colome off to a dismal start (9.00 ERA, two blown saves), his ninth-inning post appears to be safe, mostly because the Rays’ bullpen is so thin. Apr 18 - 5:09 PM

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After entering in a tie game in the ninth inning, Alex Colome gave up the go-ahead run in Friday’s loss to the Phillies.

On the bright side, Colome struck out three batters in the frame. He entered Friday’s action with just one strikeout in the 25 batters he’s faced this season. The bad news is that Colome gave up a double to Scott Kingery before Jorge Alfaro brought him home on a single. Colome is sporting an unsightly 10.80 ERA and 3.20 WHIP through his first six appearances this season.
Apr 13 - 10:29 PM

Alex Colome hung on for this third save of the season Tuesday against the White Sox.

The Rays entered the bottom of the ninth with a 6-1 lead, so Ryan Weber got the call initially, but he ran into immediate trouble and was eventually pulled with one run in and two runners on base. Colome managed to get Avisail Garcia on a ground out for the second out of the inning, but he served up a three-run homer to Jose Abreu to bring the White Sox within one run. It got even more tense when Colome walked Matt Davidson, but he was able to get Omar Narvaez to line out to end it. Colome has now been scored upon in three out of his five appearances and has only struck out one batter. It’s not what you want. For what it's worth, Colome is saying he feels fine.
Apr 10 - 6:41 PM

Alex Colome pitched out of trouble to record his second save of the season Monday against the White Sox.

On to protect a one-run lead, Colome walked the leadoff hitter and then allowed a single before watching the runners move up to second and third following a wild pitch. He somehow escaped what would've been a third straight blown save by notching three straight groundouts. Last season's league-leading 47 saves should earn him some leash, but Colome has not looked sharp at all. Sergio Romo and Jose Alvarado are worthy stashes.
Apr 9 - 6:59 PM

Alex Colome blew another save on Sunday, giving up two runs in 1/3 inning in the loss to the Red Sox.

Colome came in with two outs in the eighth to try and earn a multi-inning save, but instead ended up taking the loss after giving up the go-ahead double to Andrew Benintendi. It's back-to-back blown saves for Colome, who lead all of baseball in the category in 2017.
Apr 8 - 5:15 PM

Alex Colome blew the save Thursday in the Rays’ extra-innings loss to the Red Sox, allowing four hits, two runs and a pair of walks in his lone inning of work.

Colome entered the game with a 2-0 lead in the ninth but let it slip away almost immediately by allowing Boston’s first three hitters to reach before finally getting cleanup hitter J.D. Martinez to ground into a double play. He got a little unlucky on Xander Bogaerts’ game-tying double—Rob Refsnyder lost it in the wind—but caught a break when Jackie Bradley Jr. was ruled out on a very close play at first base. Colome led the American League with 47 saves a year ago but only has one through seven games this season.
Apr 5 - 6:32 PM

Alex Colome allowed a double but no further damage, earning the save in Thursday's season-opening win over the Red Sox.

A two-out double by Eduardo Nunez brought the tying run to the plate in Jackie Bradley Jr., but the right-hander got Bradley to ground out to end the game. It was an unsure offseason for Colome despite the fact he he led the league with 47 saves last year, and after a winter of trade rumors, he's still at the back end of the Rays bullpen for now. He won't likely save 47 again, but he'll remain a capable late-game reliever this year, wherever he's pitching.
Mar 29 - 8:03 PM

Alex Colome took a loss Tuesday after giving up two runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning of relief against the Tigers.

Colome had allowed one run in five innings this spring before giving up three singles and two runs in this one. He's locked in as the Rays' closer, of course. A midseason trade remains quite possible.
Mar 27 - 4:01 PM

Alex Colome struck out two of three batters he faced Sunday in a Grapefruit League appearance against the Twins.

Colome was shopped this spring by the rebuilding Rays, but the club didn't find a suitable package. The 29-year-old right-hander enters the 2018 regular season as a mid-to-upper tier closer. He led all major leaguers in saves last year with 47 despite a lower strikeout rate and elevated ERA.
Mar 11 - 4:08 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals' interest in trading for Alex Colome was "overstated."

Goold says that the Cards "didn't see (Colome) as (a) closer" and that their trade talks with the Rays, at least from St. Louis' perspective, appeared to center more on Chris Archer. This comes on the heels of president of baseball operations John Mozeliak saying Saturday that the team is content entering the season with Luke Gregerson as their closer. It appears the Cardinals might be done shopping for bullpen help.
Jan 14 - 12:07 PM

Rays and RHP Alex Colome avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.3 million contract.

It's a huge salary increase for Colome, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He led all of baseball with 47 saves last season.
Jan 12 - 1:06 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Mets have inquired on Rays closer Alex Colome.

Topkin mentions the Mets alongside the Cardinals and Rockies as teams that are "hot" for the 29-year-old right-hander. The feeling is that the Cubs could also be involved. The Mets might be hesitant to give big money to relievers in free agency, but their farm system isn't very strong. The Rays will likely be able to do better elsewhere.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 10:47:00 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cardinals and Rockies are "aggressively pursuing" Rays closer Alex Colome via trade.

The Rays are known to be shopping various players on their roster and the Cardinals and Rockies are widely expected to add a closer, so it wouldn't be surprising if there was a match here. Interest should reach well beyond these two clubs, as well. Colome led the majors with 47 saves this past season and owns a 2.63 ERA over the past two seasons. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 08:13:00 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Rays are "engaged with multiple teams in active trade discussions centered on closer Alex Colome."

Morosi reported two weeks ago that the Cardinals had been discussing a possible trade for Colome, and now he mentions St. Louis "among the clubs with sustained interest." The 29-year-old right-hander is probably generating looks from just about every team in baseball as a reliable late-inning reliever with a 2.63 ERA over the last two seasons and three years of club control. Colome led the majors in saves this past season with 47.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 01:24:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes of Alex Colome this offseason that the closer "figures to be a hot topic and likely to be dealt."

Colome is entering his first of three arbitration years this winter, so it makes sense that the cost-conscious Rays would be looking to trade him while his value is high. Slated to turn 29 years old next month, Colome boasts a 2.63 ERA and 129/38 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 frames over the last two seasons as the Rays' closer. He led all of baseball with 47 saves in 2017. The Cardinals are one team that has already been connected to Colome.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 09:03:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Brad Miller
2B1Joey Wendle
2Daniel Robertson
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
3B1Matt Duffy
LF1Denard Span
2Johnny Field
3Rob Refsnyder
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mallex Smith
RF1Carlos Gomez
DH1C.J. Cron
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Blake Snell
3Jake Faria
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Jose De Leon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Chaz Roe
3Sergio Romo
4Andrew Kittredge
5Jose Alvarado
6Matt Andriese
7Austin Pruitt
8Ryan Yarbrough
9Yonny Chirinos
10Hunter Wood