Rays Re-Sign Oviedo | The Process Report

Rays Re-Sign Oviedo

The Rays formally announced the re-signing of right-handed pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo. The club declined a $2 million option on Oviedo last month after he missed the entire 2013 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The new deal is a one-year pact worth $1.5 million. The contract includes $1.4 million in performance incentives which gives it a maximum value of $2.9 million.

When speaking about the newly acquired Heath Bell, Andrew Friedman touched on the “ingredients” Bell already has as he arrives in Tampa Bay. Around these parts we call them “unteachables.” Despite having not pitched in two years, Ovideo has several unteachble incredients. Aside from a solid low-to-mid 90s fastball, he has a trapdoor changeup for the arm-side and a nifty slider that sweeps to his glove-side. Both secondary offerings are swing-and-miss pitches. He is also well-versed in high-leverage situations, having spent time as the Marlins’ closer.

Of course there is risk in giving a pitcher that hasn’t tossed a major league pitch since 2011 a guaranteed deal. However,the Rays medical staff had a year to get acquainted with his medical records and oversaw the rehabilitation of his right arm. Command and control are typically take the longest to return to pitchers after injury, so do not be surprised if he has early struggles with the zone . If he is good right out of the gate expect him to compete with Bell, and perhaps Joel Peralta, for ninth inning duty.



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