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Rays hit setback shortly after massive Wander Franco deal

Wander Franco, Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have just made Wander Franco agree to a huge 12-year contract that is reportedly worth $185 million in guaranteed money and a max amount of $223 million. But shortly after that big news, the team hits a setback with regards to one of their top arms in the farm system, with left-hander Brendan McKay having just gone under the knife for a thoracic outlet syndrome decompression surgery.

Here’s more from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:

#Rays announced LHP Brendan McKay underwent thoracic outlet syndrome decompression surgery Tuesday. Will rehab as a pitcher, and per team “is expected to resume throwing no later than early Feb. with goal to be in a throwing and mound progression at start of spring training.”

McKay, 25, was selected by the Rays fourth overall in the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft, has had dealt with a number of health issues before, including a shoulder injury in 2020 that cost him to miss the entire season. His latest surgery, however, could be timely early for McKay to be healthy once Spring Training rolls around in February.

Ranked fourth among all Rays pitcher prospects, McKay has big-league experience. He appeared in 13 games in 2019, including 11 starts, and went 2-4 with a 5.14 ERA and 1.408 WHIP.