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Smyly agreed to a one-year, $2.65 million contract with the Rays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The $2.65 million salary represents a significant raise for Smyly, who's in his first year of arbitration, but the number may very well also prove a tremendous bargain for Tampa Bay. Smyly was dominant after coming over from Detroit in the David Price trade, posting a 1.70 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 44:11 K:BB in 47.2 innings. He was capped at 153 total innings last season after tossing just 76 frames in 2013.

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Smyly will be shut down for the remainder of the season, the Tampa Tribune's R. Mooney reports.

This shouldn't come as a big surprise, as he has logged 153 innings this season, and the Rays had previously stated that he would be limited to 150-160 innings. He'll enter 2014 with a firm hold on a spot in the Rays' starting rotation, after posting a 3.24 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP between Detroit and Tampa Bay this season. He also posted an impressive 133:42 K:BB ratio in his 153 innings, so while he may never have above average strikeout potential, he won't be a non-factor in the category, and should have no problem maintaining a strong WHIP. The Rays have yet to announce who will replace him in the starting rotation for the remainder of the 2014 season.

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Smyly struck out eight and walked two while giving up one run on four hits over six innings against the Orioles on Saturday.

He did not factor in the decision Saturday, but Smyly delivered another excellent start for the Rays. There are now questions regarding the team's plans for him the rest of the way, as Saturday's start could be his last as he's now logged 153 innings and the Rays are planning on limiting him to the 150-160 range.

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Smyly is nearing his season innings limit, the Tampa Tribune Reports reports.

Manager Joe Maddon said the Rays will cap Smyly at around 150-160 innings this season, and considering he's already at 147 for the year, it seems Saturday's start against Kevin Gausman and the Orioles could very well be his last. Last season, Smyly maxed out at 76 innings while working out of the bullpen for Detroit, but the lefty said his arm feels fine despite nearly doubling his workload. Smyly is 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA in six starts since joining Tampa Bay.

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Smyly took a no-decision Monday, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings against the Red Sox.

Even though he lasted just 5.1 innings, Smyly still held the Red Sox to just three hits and fanned seven in the start. The lefty has been masterful since being acquired in the David Price trade, and will look to continue his success this weekend against the Orioles.

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Smyly struck out six and walked one while giving up one run on two hits over seven innings Wednesday to earn his ninth win of the season.

He was efficient again Wednesday, needing just 87 pitches (58 strikes) to record 21 outs. With the strong showing Wednesday, he's carrying a 63:14 K:BB over his last 69.1 innings along with a 2.60 ERA during that span (11 starts). Smyly will have home starts against the Red Sox and Orioles next week.

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Smyly was masterful in tossing a complete game two-hit shutout against the Blue Jays on Friday night. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.

Smyly (8-10, 3.42 ERA) needed just 105 pitches (75 for strikes) to complete the gem. Acquired from the Tigers as part of the David Price deal, he may not make fans forget him, but he did a pretty solid impression of the standout southpaw in this one. He'll take on the division-leading Orioles in Camden Yards next time out.

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Smyly earned his first win as a Ray Monday, going seven shutout innings against the Rangers.

The lefty struck out nine and allowed just three hits in the outing. Smyly now has allowed three runs in his first 13 innings as a Ray, striking out 15 but walking five. Smyly will look for his eighth win of the season this weekend when he faces the Yankees.

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Smyly (6-10) picked up the loss in his first start with the Rays on Tuesday. He allowed three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out six over 5.1 innings against the A's.

Smyly came over to the Rays in the big three-way blockbuster trade involving David Price. He looked good early, holding the A's scoreless until Coco Crisp's RBI single in the fifth inning. Nate Freiman would double in a run in the sixth, prompting manager Joe Maddon to make the call to the bullpen. He'll travel on the road to take on the Rangers in his next scheduled start.

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Drew Smyly fanned a career-high 11 against the Angels on Friday, but he still took a loss after giving up two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Smyly struck out 10 on July 6, 2012, but he hadn't fanned more than seven in a start since (partly because he hasn't had much of a chance to work deep into games). He's been sharp in both of his starts since the All-Star break, and while the loss tonight dropped him to 6-9, he still has a solid 3.77 ERA.