Rays Release Matt Bush

The Rays have released Matt Bush, reports Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times (on Twitter). The former first overall pick is still incarcerated following a DUI charge in Spring Training. He was on both the 40-man roster and restricted list all season.

Bush, 26, pitched to a 4.83 ERA with 13.8 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 50 1/3 relief innings for Tampa Bay's Double-A affiliate in 2011. The Padres originally drafted him as a shortstop with the top pick in 2004, but a lack of production and off-the-field issues stunted his development. 


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25 Comments on "Rays Release Matt Bush"


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55saveslives
2 years 9 months ago

Strike 8?

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2 years 9 months ago

A 13.8K/9 innings is pretty good. The 4.3 BB K/9 is pretty bad though… If he did not have these off the field issues, I’m sure many teams would take a chance on him.

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LazerTown
2 years 9 months ago

25 year old former #1 overall should be striking out quite a few in AA.

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Trout Almonte
2 years 9 months ago

For starters he was drafted as a short stop.

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johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

I thought he was drafted as a split season guy.. like Casey Kelly was originally and he would throw like 50-75IP and then switch to SS the rest of the season his 1st year-2 before the padres (and Bush) figured out exactly which position was best for his career trajectory?

Granted.. Didn’t look up his MiLB history and am only going from what *thought* was his Padres past.

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Let_My_Cameron_Go
2 years 9 months ago

The only AA this guy will be seeing is Alcoholics Anonymous…

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SDLIFER
2 years 8 months ago

A pick that high should have been in MLB by this time.

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LazerTown
2 years 9 months ago

Still funny that Padres passed on Verlander, Hughes, Niemann, Bailey, and Weaver among others because they want to spend the money.

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Dynasty22
2 years 9 months ago

*didn’t want to spend the money*

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Jacob Cortez
2 years 9 months ago

dogers passed up david price and paul goldschmidt in same draft!

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Dynasty22
2 years 9 months ago

What was point of keeping him on the 40 man roster, then?

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Kenny St John
2 years 9 months ago

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”- Sonny, A Bronx Tale

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LayerCake
2 years 9 months ago

I’m not sure how anyone gives that statement a down vote…

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2 years 9 months ago

I guess because Matt Bush wasn´t that talented