Tampa Bay Rays release Deck Mcguire and Brooks Pounders

Brooks Pounders with the New York Mets in 2019 (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Brooks Pounders with the New York Mets in 2019 (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

We know two of the players released by the Tampa Bay Rays this week.

The Tampa Bay Rays have parted ways with “20 or so” minor leaguers according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

This past week was an eventful week for minor league baseball players. There were many different outcomes for the boys down on the farms. Some teams announced they would continue to pay minor leaguers the $400/week stipends through June. The Marlins and Padres committed to paying their minor league players through August.

Then there’s the Oakland A’s, who announced they would be suspending the $400 payments and that they were unable to pay their stadium rent.

Former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price committed to paying $1,000 in June to every Dodgers’ minor league player not on the 40-man roster.

Then, news broke that hundreds of minor leaguers were cut across the league. These cuts were typical during a regular season and would have taken place sometime after spring training.

Tampa Bay Rays – Minor League Updates

Marc Topkin said the Rays cut around 20 players but the whole list has not been released yet. However, Topkin was able to confirm a couple of the names that were released by the Rays. Two non-roster invitees who signed in February are on the list.

Tampa Bay Rays Release Brooks Pounders

Brooks Pounders has spent parts of four seasons with major-league clubs. He is 29-years-old and has a career ERA of 8.47 in 45.2 innings. He does boast 47 strikeouts in his big-league time. He pitched 12.2 innings with the Kansas City Royals in 2016, 10.1 innings with the Los Angeles Angels in 2017, 15.1 innings with the Colorado Rockies in 2018, and 7.1 innings with the New York Mets last season.

Tampa Bay Rays Release Deck McGuire

Deck McGuire will be 31 in June and has pitched in parts of two major-league seasons. Deck has worked with eight different major league clubs and spent the 2019 season in the KBO pitching for the Samsung Lions.

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