Former Halos reliever Chris Devenski, who was designated for assignment (DFA’d) last week, has inked a significant contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, as reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This news marks a turning point in Devenski’s career after his time with the Angels. During his tenure with the Angels, Devenski faced challenges, having a 5.08 Earned Run Average (ERA) in 29 appearances, which eventually led to his waiver from the team.
Stepping into a fresh phase, Devenski is now set to join the Tampa Bay Rays, a team that currently secures a coveted American League Wild Card position. Moreover, they are in close pursuit of the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East division standings, trailing by a slim margin.
In the midst of these developments, the Angels are shifting their focus to the future following a deeply disappointing August performance. The month began with the Angels a mere three games away from clinching a playoff spot. However, the team’s performance took a sharp downturn, registering a dismal record of 8 wins and 19 losses throughout August. Consequently, they dropped out of contention for the postseason, now finding themselves a substantial 12 games adrift from a Wild Card position. This downward spiral had additional consequences, leading to the release of multiple players from the roster, including the highly anticipated trade deadline acquisition, Lucas Giolito.
Meanwhile, Devenski embarks on a new journey as he seeks to regain his form on the baseball field, now situated in the eastern confines of Florida. His fresh start comes as part of the Tampa Bay Rays, a team that appears to have almost solidified their spot in the upcoming postseason.
With a track record that includes postseason experience during his time with the Houston Astros, Devenski brings a valuable perspective to the Rays. He notably participated in the 2017 and 2019 playoffs as a member of the Astros, even clinching a World Series victory with the organization in 2017.
As Chris Devenski takes this significant step in his career, well-wishes and hopes for success follow him into this new chapter. The baseball community eagerly anticipates his contributions to the Tampa Bay Rays, and fans are keen to witness his impact on the field once again.