D-Backs acquire former All-Star closer Boxberger

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired former All-Star closer Brad Boxberger from the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday in exchange for minor league pitcher Curtis Taylor.

An All-Star in 2015 when he led the American League with 41 saves, Boxberger had each of his past two seasons cut short by injuries and was a candidate to be non-tendered at the 5 p.m. deadline Friday to offer arbitration-eligible players contracts.

Boxberger, 29, went 4-4 with a 3.38 ERA last season while being limited to 29 1/3 innings due to a right flexor strain. He suffered a core muscle injury during the 2016 regular-season opener that sidelined him for two months following surgery.

After working as a setup man for three seasons, Boxberger excelled in the closer role in 2015, going 41-for-47 in save chances while relying on a fastball-changeup combination. However, he tailed off with a 4.33 ERA the second half of the season and finished the year with 10 losses.

In six major league seasons, Boxberger is 17-20 with 44 saves and a 3.19 ERA. He has 297 strikeouts and 113 walks in 231 innings pitched.

Taylor, 22, is a right-hander who went 3-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 starts for Class A Kane County in the Midwest League last season. He pitched 62 1/3 innings before a shoulder impingement ended his season, but is expected to be ready for the 2018 season.

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