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Tampa Bay Rays Agree To Minor League Deal With Jonny Venters

Rays have signed Jonny Venters to a minor-league deal.

Earlier today, it was reported that the Tampa Bay Rays and left-handed reliever Jonny Venters agreed to terms on a minor league deal, according to Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin.

The 32-year-old veteran has had a down and to this point a upsetting career and it isn't due to his performance. Instead it is due to the amount of times he has Tommy John surgery, three to be exact. Prior to pitching for the Rays' on June 4, 2016 Venters had not pitched in a professional game since 2012. 

Obviously the Rays are aware of how good Venters is and how good he can be. However, it is unlikely to see him regain his form that he once had when he was with the Atlanta Braves. In 2010-11 with the Braves he had a 1.89 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 171 innings. In his three-year tenure with the Braves he posted a 2.29 ERA with a 15-10 record along with a 258/110 K/BB ratio. 

Hopefully Venters can turn things around and become the star he once was supposed to be. 

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