Rays Designate Rob Delaney For Assignment

The Rays designated righty Rob Delaney for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot for top prospect Matt Moore, reports Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

Delaney, 27, spent most of the year at Triple-A.  There he posted a 1.86 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, and 0.4 HR/9 in 67 2/3 relief innings.  He'd been designated and outrighted in May, but was re-added to the 40-man roster in July.

Moore, meanwhile, is the consensus best pitching prospect in the minor leagues.  The 22-year-old southpaw has won back-to-back minor league strikeout crowns, whiffing 210 across 155 innings at Double and Triple-A this year.  Moore's electric arm makes for an exciting bullpen addition to a surging Rays team that now sits 3.5 games back of the Red Sox in the wild card standings.

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  1. chico65 4 years ago

    Is this the end of de lane(y) for Rob?

    • Vossome93 4 years ago


      • chico65 4 years ago

        Yeah, with those numbers it likely isn’t the end of the road for him, someone will surely pick him up…but I just couldn’t resist

  2. jgmaynard 4 years ago

    Even though he would not be available for post-season play, I get the feeling that if anyone tries to call Theo Epstein right now, they would get a busy signal…. :)

  3. The Padres have been very active claiming players in attempt to re-build their bull-pen. I could see them being all over this.

  4. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I’m not a Yankee or Red Sox hater, but it would be great to see the Rays pull it off and get into the playoffs again.

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      I just don’t see it.. as bad as the red sox have played lately, they still have 7 games left vs the orioles and the the rays have a ton of games left vs the yankees..

  5. NordeastMPLSTwinsFan 4 years ago

    The Twins should claim him and get him back again.  I never understood why they let him go through waivers earlier this year when they clearly needed the arms in the bullpen.  I’m sure there is something that I’m missing in that move, but I’d like to see him back.  

    • Bernaldo 4 years ago

      They need pitchers with MLB-caliber pitches, not more AAA arms.  Delaney (and Anthony Slama) are both solid AAA pitchers but both are just fringe MLB pitchers.  Both wil consistently get AAA hitters out but neither one throws quality pitches to consistantly get big league hitters out.  Delaney is better than Slama though but that isn’t enough reason to bring him back. 

  6. Jose_Bautista 4 years ago


  7. Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

    Matt Moore


  8. i would have dumped jay buente, nevin ashley #5 catcher, and matt bush before rob delaney based on their numbers

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