Rays Blue Jays BaseballJeff Niemann is no longer a member of the Tampa Bay Rays according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Niemann was outrighted off of the 40-man roster and chose to become a free agent.

Niemann, who missed all of the 2013 season, has accumulated five years of service time which allows him to choose free agency over a minor league assignment.

The Rays now have 33 players on their 40-man roster.



  1. Alex says:

    Called it

  2. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Unlike Alex, I'm surprised by this. Although not heartbroken by any means, this still negatively impacts/effects several possible pitching scenarios for next season.

  3. Alex says:


    I said it weeks ago. He would not be back. He was too old. Making too much and injured too often. Easy call

  4. Beazy says:

    Another wifted-on high draft pick!

    • Dave L says:

      He was 4th in ROY at age 26 after 4 years with the ORG so its hardly a whiff. So he was in a position to succeed and had the talent and execution. He was a good pitcher when healthy. Its hard to project the injury future of a 22 year old. The Devil Rays couldnt possibly have seen that line drive headed for his leg one day.

      I still think he can contribute in the future somewhere possibly. Other more wealthy clubs would be a able to throw some more money his way and give him more time, the Rays can't afford that luxury.

      I will chuckle one day if he does succeed elsewhere and some future nostradomas comes here and says 'we should have kept him'.

      Well speak now or forever hold your peace.

      I wish we could keep him but he's not worth the risk and too expensive at age 30, yeah its funny Alex that in the Rays scheme 30 is 'old' and its all due to lack of $$$

    • Beth says:

      He may never have lived up to David Price standards, but he was an effective middle of the rotation starter until injuries (one, the broken leg, really a freak occurrence) derailed him.


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