MLB: Tyler Glasnow signs one-year contract extension with Tampa Bay Rays


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. –The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow to a two-year contract, worth a total of US$30.35 million, the team announced Friday.

This agreement delays Glasnow’s eligibility for the free agent market by one year.

A starting pitcher in the Rays’ inaugural game last season, Glasnow did not play in 2022 due to Tommy-John surgery performed on August 4, 2021. In 14 starts last year, he had posted a record 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA.

Glasnow is on a salary of $5.1 million this season. Next year, he will receive $5.35 million and $25 million in 2024, which will coincide with the first season he could have become a free agent.

« It seems like such a good partnership, » Glasnow said. « I’m glad to be able to sit here and talk about it. This is such an awesome opportunity in a place where I really want to be. I don’t want to leave yet, I’m not ready to leave. I am exactly where I want to be. »

A six-foot-eight giant, Glasnow will take home $1 million if he wins the Cy Young Trophy, $500,000 if he comes second in the voting and $250,000 if he finishes third, fourth or fifth.

Glasnow’s contract also provides for a $50,000 bonus if he is named to the all-star team.

« It gives me a lot of confidence to know that they have such faith in me and are willing to give me a contract of this magnitude, » Glasnow said of the Rays executives. “In a way, I want it to be like a discount. I want to surpass him by a lot. »

Glasnow, 29, has pitched at bat twice since Aug. 20. On Tuesday, his sharpest throws were clocked at 97 mph.

Glasnow has not ruled out the scenario of a return to play before the end of the 2022 season.

A healthy Glasnow who would join Shane McClanahan, the starting pitcher for the American League team in the last All-Star game, would give the Rays a strong tandem at the top of the Rays rotation.

« Shane’s performance this season is that of a Cy Young-winning pitcher, and ‘Glas’ was doing that the year before, » said Erik Neander, president of baseball operations for the Rays.

“Then you look at what the other guys are doing; it’s certainly exciting to think about. »



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