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Kevin Keirmaier to become free agent after 10 seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays

In a tweet, the Rays announced it has declined the 2023 club option for the veteran player.
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Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier reacts to his video tribute during a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — After 10 years with the Tampa Bay Rays, center fielder Kevin Kiermaier will become a free agent. 

In a tweet, the Rays say it has declined Kiermaier's 2023 club option of $13 million. Kiermaier had signed a 6-year, $53.5 million contract with the Rays, which included a $1,000,000 signing bonus and an average annual salary of $8.9 million, with a bump to $13 million in 2023. 

Kiermaier, 32, is a three-time Gold Glove winner and was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB draft. In 2021, Kiermaier missed much of the season with a quad strain, sprained wrist, and a hip injury that required surgery. 

A tweet from the Rays shared a video of Kiermaier's moments on the field, saying, "All the unreal plays, all the incredible moments. You'll always have a home in Tampa Bay, KK."


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