Rays Closer by Committee Most Likely Scenario After Losing Brad Boxberger

Accustomed to building a bullpen on a shoestring budget, the Tampa Bay Rays are now confronted with finding a closer through April and May after power right-hander Brad Boxberger underwent abdominal muscle surgery.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay RaysBoxberger, who was acquired from the San Diego Padres before the 2015 campaign, was an American League All-Star last year, finishing with 41 saves in 47 opportunities and striking out 74 in 63 innings.

Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that Alex Colome, Xavier Cedeno, Danny Farquhar, Steven Geltz and Ryan Webb will get opportunities to win the job in the remaining days of spring training.

The 29-year-old Farquhar recorded 16 saves for the Seattle Mariners in 2013 while Cedeno and Geltz each have two big league saves. Webb, who hails from nearby Clearwater, has appeared in 357 Major League games over seven seasons – including 40 last season with Cleveland (3.20 ERA) – but has no saves. Colome saw action in 43 games for the Rays in 2015, including 13 starts.

 

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Jeff Louderback
A former sports writer for a daily newspaper in Ohio, Jeff Louderback is a professional freelance writer, author and editor who lives in the midst of Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. He writes baseball features for several publications, including prospect profiles for Baseball America. He served as the founder, editor and columnist for Sox and Pinstripes, a blog that covered the Red Sox and Yankees; and BoSox Banter, a site that covered the Red Sox, the Red Sox farm system and baseball-themed travel. Jeff is also the co-author of the life story of former Major League pitcher Brian Tollberg, whose inspirational story saw him rise from the University of North Florida and the independent Frontier League’s Chillicothe Paints to a climb up the minors in the Brewers and Padres systems before tasting success in the majors with the Padres. The book will be released in 2016.

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