The first big loss of the Phillies’ offseason cost them a valuable arm, losing Zach Eflin to the Tampa Bay Rays in free agency.

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Tampa inked the right-handed pitcher to a three-year contract on Thursday evening, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the deal is worth $40 million and is the biggest free agent deal thr Rays have ever handed out.

Eflin was a key member of the bullpen during the Phillies improbable playoff run after missing a significant amount of time late in the season due to a right knee injury

The 28-year-old has spent his entire big league career with the Phillies after being traded by the Dodgers in the deal that sent Jimmy Rollins to LA back in 2014. 

Last season, Eflin had a 4.04 ERA with 65 strikeouts and 15 walks over 75 2/3 innings   (20 appearances, 13 starts). He also had a solid 1.12 WHIP in 2022 with the Phillies.

Eflin was used primarylly as a starter with the Phillies, but had some memorable moments, including picking up the save in the Phillies playoff clinching win over the Astros.

Overall in the bullpen role, Eflin had a 3.38 ERA in 10 2/3 playoff innings and a save in 10 games.  He earned the save in Phillies' series-clinching win over Cardinals in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card round.

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