Because Weber was outrighted in the past (by Seattle in 2016), he could have refused this assignment in favor of free agency. But it seems the St. Petersburg native will stay with his hometown organization, which added him on a minor league deal in the offseason. Tampa Bay selected Weber’s contract last week, and he went on to make just one appearance – during which he yielded three runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk while only recording a single out – before losing his 40-man spot.
While Weber has only racked up 68 1/3 major league frames of 5.11 ERA ball since debuting in 2015, he has been a success in Triple-A. The 27-year-old has managed a stingy 2.16 ERA with 5.1 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9 across 167 innings at the minors’ highest level.