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Kevin Kiermaier | Outfielder | #39

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/22/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Parkland (IL) CC
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 31 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details
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Rays signed OF Kevin Kiermaier to a six-year, $53.5 million contract extension with an option for 2023.
The agreement was reported last week and then officially announced Monday at a press conference in Port Charlotte, Florida. Kiermaier can push the total value of the contract to $66.15 million if he maxes out all the incentives and the option for 2023. The rangy 26-year-old center fielder batted .246/.331/.410 with 12 home runs and 21 stolen bases in 105 games last season for Tampa Bay. He already has two Gold Gloves and should be in line for many more. Mar 20 - 9:28 AM

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays have scheduled a press conference for 9 AM on Monday to address a "significant baseball-related announcement."

The "significant baseball-related announcement" is almost certainly Kevin Kiermaier's new contract. The two sides were closing in on a six-year, $53.5 million extension and it looks like the deal will be made official on Monday. Kiermaier is only a .258 lifetime hitter but he led the team with 21 steals last year and remains one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball. It's extremely rare for the frugal Rays to dish out a contract of this magnitude.
Mar 18 - 11:50 PM

Kevin Kiermaier (neck) has returned to Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

Kiermaier was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a recurrence of his recent neck stiffness, but he's back in there as the designated hitter on Wednesday. The 26-year-old is reportedly on the verge of finalizing a six-year, $53.5 million extension with the Rays.
Mar 15 - 8:37 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and Kevin Kiermaier are close to an extension for at least six years and more than $50 million.

Kiermaier was to make $2.975 million this season in his first year of arbitration eligibility after qualifying as a Super 2 player. He would be eligible for free agency after the 2020 campaign, but this would obviously keep him in Tampa Bay beyond that. Kiermaier's career .258/.313/.425 batting line isn't much to write home about, but he improved last season and is arguably the best defensive center fielder in the game.
Mar 14 - 9:46 PM

Kevin Kiermaier (neck) is expected to serve as the Rays' designated hitter Wednesday.

Kiermaier was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a recurrence of the neck stiffness he's had this month. It may be a few days before he's allowed to return to the outfield, but he should be fine.
Mar 14 - 4:31 PM

Kevin Kiermaier was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup due to neck stiffness.

In other words, it's a recurrence of the neck issue he was dealing with around the start of the month. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mar 14 - 1:16 PM

Kevin Kiermaier was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

Kiermaier was originally scheduled to serve as the designated hitter, but now Logan Morrison will get the start instead. It's worth noting that Kiermaier recently dealt with a stiff neck, but the Rays should provide an update soon on the reason for the switch.
Mar 14 - 1:05 PM

Kevin Kiermaier (neck) is back in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

Kiermaier was actually ready to return from his stiff neck on Saturday, but the Rays wanted to give him an extra day just to be safe. He'll be the club's Opening Day center fielder and possibly their leadoff hitter this season.
Mar 5 - 1:25 PM

Kevin Kiermaier (neck) was scratched from the Rays' lineup Friday.

Kiermaier has been dealing with a stiff neck for a few days. It shouldn't be a big deal, but the Rays obviously aren't going to push it here. Hopefully the outfielder will be ready to go sometime over the weekend.
Mar 3 - 8:36 AM

Kevin Kiermaier was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup due to neck stiffness.

It's not a major concern at this time. Consider Kiermaier day-to-day for now.
Mar 1 - 12:46 PM

Rays and OF Kevin Kiermaier avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.975 million contract.

The Gold Glover was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so he's getting a sizable raise. Kiermaier batted .246/.331/.410 with 12 homers and 21 steals for the Rays in 2016.
Jan 13 - 11:01 AM

Kevin Kiermaier (calf) is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

Kiermaier was hit in the left calf by a pitch Saturday, so he'll sit out the regular season finale. Mikie Mahtook is in center field and Jaff Decker is in right.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 12:52:00 PM

Kevin Kiermaier left Saturday's game against the Rangers with a bruised left calf.

The Rays are calling him day-to-day, but with one game left in the season, we probably won't see him again. Kiermaier was hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance but stayed in until the sixth inning when he was replaced by Mikie Mahtook in center field. He may have aggravated the injury while trying to rob a home run by Robinson Chirinos. Assuming he sits out Sunday's season finale, Kiermaier will finish 2016 with 12 HR, 37 RBI, 21 SB and a .246 average in 366 at-bats.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 10:43:00 PM

Kevin Kiermaier (hand) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

Kiermaier had been held out of the lineup the past few games after he was plunked on the hand on Sunday. With a few days of rest under his belt, his discomfort has subsided. The 26-year-old outfielder is playing center and batting second on Wednesday.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Kevin Kiermaier (hand) is out again Tuesday.

Kiermaier was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday afternoon and is still dealing with some discomfort. He probably shouldn't be counted on in fantasy leagues over these final six games.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 04:41:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Derek Norris
3Jesus Sucre
4Curt Casali
5Luke Maile
1B1Logan Morrison
2Nick Franklin
2B1Brad Miller
2Ryan Brett
SS1Matt Duffy
2Tim Beckham
3Daniel Robertson
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Shane Peterson
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mallex Smith
3Peter Bourjos
RF1Steven Souza
2Jason Coats
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Blake Snell
5Matt Andriese
6Chase Whitley
7Austin Pruitt
8Jaime Schultz
9Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Danny Farquhar
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Shawn Tolleson
7Ryan Garton
8Kevin Gadea
9Tommy Hunter
10Jumbo Diaz
11Justin Marks
12Cory Rasmus
13Diego Moreno