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Boxberger traded to Diamondbacks for pitching prospect

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Tampa Bay Rays obtain Arizona’s No. 14 overall prospect in exchange for reliever Brad Boxberger.

The Tampa Bay Rays have sent relief pitcher Brad Boxberger to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitching prospect Curtis Taylor, the team announced on Thursday.

Brad Boxberger

Boxberger saved 41 games for Tampa Bay in his All-Star season of 2015, his first year with team after being acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres that also included Matt Andriese and Logan Forsythe. The right-handed Boxberger struggled with injuries and consistency over the past two seasons, finishing his career in Tampa with a 17-19 record, a 3.33 ERA and 240 strikeouts in 191.1 innings.

Boxberger is a second-year arbitration eligible player that is under team control through the 2019 season.

The Rays will receive Arizona’s No. 14 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Last season, Taylor, a 6-foot-6 righthander, went 3-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 starts for Arizona’s Single-A affiliate before shoulder impingement shut him down for the season.

The 22-year old Canadian was a 4th round pick in the 2016 amateur draft. In two minor league seasons, he is 4-4 with a 3.09 ERA (78.2-IP, 27-ER), 1.22 WHIP, .231 opponents’ batting average while averaging 10.41 strikeouts per nine innings.

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