The Rays are in agreement with right-handed reliever Garrett Acton on a two-year minor league contract, reports Jon Heyman of the New York Post (X link). It’s a split deal that would pay him at the MLB minimum rate of $740K next season and a $775K salary in 2025 for any time he spends in the big leagues.
Acton, 25, made his major league debut last season. The Illinois product pitched in six games, allowing eight runs in 5 2/3 innings. While his small sample results were rough, Acton averaged nearly 96 MPH on his fastball in that time. Over 29 Triple-A innings, he had an impressive 26.4% strikeout percentage and a decent 8.8% walk rate. Acton has posted big strikeout tallies throughout his time in the minors, although the fly-ball specialist has also had trouble keeping the ball in the yard.
Oakland released Acton in the middle of July. He had been placed on the minor league injured list with an undisclosed health issue on June 11. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets that Acton had undergone Tommy John surgery. He’s likely to miss most of next season, explaining the two-year term on the deal.
Acton has less than one year of MLB service and a pair of option years. If the Rays add him to the 40-man roster at any point within the next two seasons, they could easily move him between Tampa Bay and Triple-A Durham.