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46 Juan Carlos Oviedo RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/195 | Birthdate: 3/15/1982 | Birthplace: Jamao Norte, Moca, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: /images/players/unknown_hat.gif | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 1012.00

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Rays release Erik Bedard, Juan Carlos Oviedo


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) The Rays have released pitchers Erik Bedard and Juan Carlos Oviedo.

Bedard and Oviedo were designated for assignment in late July, and it's possible wanted to test free agency rather than pitch in the minors with the Rays. Bedard owns a 4.76 ERA and 64:29 K:BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings. Oviedo owns a 3.69 ERA and 26:16 K:BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.


Juan Carlos Oviedo DFA'd by Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) The Rays have designated pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo for assignment Saturday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Oviedo has not pitched since July 19. He posted a 3.69 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 31 2/3 innings of relief this season.

New pitcher enters Rays closer mix


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/3/2014) Two days after their primary setup man, Joel Peralta, blew a save and one day after their former closer, Grant Balfour, recorded his 11th, the Rays turned to Brad Boxberger in the ninth inning of a three-run game Wednesday.

All this coming off a weekend when Jake McGee appeared to lock up the role.

Frankly, if the Rays prefer not to confine their top lefty to the ninth inning, I'm not sure Boxberger isn't the best choice. He has closer stuff and, after struggling with his control in previous stints in the majors, appears to have harnessed it. In 31 appearances, he has a 2.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

What more could you want from a closer?

Of course, McGee's numbers are even better, and Joe Maddon clearly hasn't turned the page from Balfour yet. Juan Carlos Oviedo has gotten a save since the Rays went closer by committee and also has experience in the role. Something tells me that if the Rays haven't settled on any one pitcher yet, Boxberger's save Wednesday doesn't change that.

But you shouldn't dismiss him as just a fringe candidate either. He's a contender to fill the role full-time.


Juan Carlos Oviedo records first save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Rays pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo recorded his first save Monday despite surrendering a solo home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Orioles.

Oviedo was handed a two-run lead in the ninth inning, and he was able to limit the damage to a solo home run while retiring the other three batters he faced. He owns a 2.31 ERA and 22:12 K:BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings.


A look at the Rays closer situation


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/9/2014) Though in the immediate aftermath of Grant Balfour's five-run implosion against the Mariners Sunday, manager Joe Maddon suggested he would stick with the right-hander as his closer, he relented Monday and announced he would go by committee beginning Monday.

His goal is for Balfour to get his confidence back, which means Balfour himself is probably part of that committee. Of course, to win back the job, he'll have to pitch better, and to pitch better, he'll have to stop walking so many batters. Easier said than done.

So even though Balfour appears to be the Rays reliever to own still, you shouldn't ignore the other possibilities in leagues where saves are scarce.

Jake McGee is the most exciting possibility with his 1.59 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 30 appearances, but since he's also the Rays' primary left-hander, they'll probably want to keep using him situationally rather than confine him to the ninth inning. Granted, the Athletics took that approach with Sean Doolittle at first before ultimately deciding it wasn't worth giving away games. My hope is the Rays will come to the same conclusion.

Otherwise, they're looking at Juan Carlos Oviedo or Joel Peralta. Peralta has been a fine setup man for years and has rebounded from a poor start, giving up just two earned runs in his last 14 appearances. Oviedo might be the better bet of the two, though. He spent three seasons as the Marlins closer back when he was known as Leo Nunez.


Three more Rays could get save opportunities


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) With Grant Balfour no longer the Rays' exclusive closer, Juan Carlos Oviedo, Joel Peralta and Jake McGee all could get save opportunities, reports MLB.com. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he wants to get Balfour "some successful moments" so he can rebuild confidence.


Juan Carlos Oviedo surrenders walkoff triple


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Rays pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo allowed the walkoff run to score in the 10th inning against Boston, suffering his second loss of the season.

Oviedo permitted a run-scoring triple to A.J. Pierzynski in the 10th to end the game. He allowed one run on one hit in one-third of an inning. He owns a 2.12 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 17 innings of relief.

Juan Carlos Oviedo picks up first relief win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Rays pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo worked his way around a base hit and completed a scoreless inning without surrendering a hit in the ninth on Friday. The Rays scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Red Sox to break a scoreless tie, giving Oviedo the win.

Oviedo (1-0) owns a 1.72 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and 15:6 K:BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings of relief.

Assessing possible Grant Balfour replacements


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) Grant Balfour blew his second save Thursday in exactly the way you'd expect. His control problems just aren't going away. With two more walks in that game he's up to 18 in 18 1/3 innings -- an unacceptable rate for any pitcher in any role.

Though the Rays haven't suggested it, they could be on the verge of making a change. Sure, Balfour has an excellent track record and is making more than the Rays are accustomed to paying any reliever, closer or otherwise. But considering they're 20-28 and already in last place, the threat of him costing them games may ultimately win out.

Most Fantasy owners will probably look to Jake McGee as the replacement, and he would certainly be a good fit in the role with a 1.33 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. But because he throws left-handed, the Rays may not want to confine him to the ninth inning. They've been reluctant to have him close in the past.

So who else? Joel Peralta is the eighth-inning guy and has filled in as closer before, recording six saves in 2011, but he hasn't been especially reliable this year. A dark horse could be Juan Carlos Oviedo, who served as Marlins closer for three seasons under the name Leo Nunez. Making his return from Tommy John surgery this year, he has a 1.84 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 13 appearances.


Juan Carlos Oviedo activated from DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) The Rays activated pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo from the disabled list following Sunday's loss to the Yankees, the team announced. Oviedo, returning from Tommy John surgery, last appeared in the majors in 2011.

Juan Carlos Oviedo could need one more week of rehab


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon said Monday that pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo may need another week of rehab before coming off the disabled list, the Tampa Tribune reports.

Oviedo is currently on assignment at Triple-A as he inches closer to his return from Tommy John surgery. His last major-league action came all the way back in 2011.


Juan Carlos Oviedo throws perfect inning Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Rays pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo tossed a perfect inning during a rehab appearance Monday, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Oviedo is also planning to pitch again Tuesday. If he can get through both outing without any issues, he'll likely return for the Yankees series. The team's series against New York begins April 17.


Juan Carlos Oviedo hit hard in first rehab appearance


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Rays pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo began a Triple-A rehab assignment Friday.

Oviedo entered the game in the fifth inning, and retired the first hitter he faced before allowing a single and followed by a two-run home run. He allowed one more single before retiring the final two hitters to end the inning. He was charged with two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out one over one inning pitched.

Oviedo hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011, missing 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and rehabbing all of 2013. He remains without a timetable.

Juan Carlos Oviedo to begin rehab assignment Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Rays pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo will begin a Triple-A rehab assignment Friday, MLB.com reports.

"I feel pretty good," Oviedo said. "I definitely feel a lot better. I'm finding the zone. I'm finding my changeup. And having the chance to do that, I feel much better."

Oviedo hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011, missing 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and rehabbing all of 2013. He doesn't have a target date for joining the Rays, but the team's concern is just to be sure he doesn't re-injure himself.


Juan Carlos Oviedo expected to come off DL when eligible


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Rays manager Joe Maddon said reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo (elbow) should require just a minimum stint on the 15-day disabled list, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Rays place three players on 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) The Rays announced Sunday they placed three players on the 15-day disabled list. They were starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (right elbow surgery), reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo (right elbow surgery) and shortstop Tim Beckham (right knee surgery).

Juan Carlos Oviedo to miss opener


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Rays pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo said Friday that he won't be ready for the beginning of the regular season, the Tampa Tribune reports.

However, Oviedo did add that he feels good and expects to make his spring debut Sunday. He hasn't pitched in a major-league game since 2011 and underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012.


Juan Carlos Oviedo a 'long shot' for opening day


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Rays pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo is a "long shot" to make the opening day roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Oviedo was able to get threw a throwing session Sunday, and manager Joe Maddon said it went well. Despite that, Maddon said it would be tough for Oviedo to make the opening day roster. Oviedo hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011.


Juan Carlos Oviedo finally joins Rays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) Pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo has arrived at Rays camp a month after it began, per the Tampa Bay Times. Visa issues had prevented him from reporting.

Oviedo has been throwing, but not to hitters. He still believes he will be ready for the regular season. He is shooting for a spot in the bullpen.


Juan Carlos Oviedo headed to Rays camp


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Rays pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo is finally on his way to camp, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Oviedo hasn't reported yet due to visa issues. His visa finally got approved, and Oviedo expects to be in camp Friday or Saturday. Oviedo hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011.


Juan Carlos Oviedo still a candidate for opening day roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Although Rays reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo has yet to report due to visa issues, manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday he won't rule out having the veteran reliever on the opening day roster, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Rays trio still delayed by visa issues


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Rays infielder Wilson Betemit and pitchers Juan Carlos Oviedo and Juan Sandoval still haven't reported to camp due to visa issues, MLB.com reports.

Juan Carlos Oviedo delayed by visa issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Rays pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo is late to camp due to visa issues, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Oviedo has not pitched in the majors the past two seasons. He is looking to earn a spot in Tampa's bullpen. 


Rays might open season with closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) With Fernando Rodney still on the free-agent market, the Rays are on track to open spring training and potentially the beginning of the season without an anointed closer. Though, the Rays have plenty of options, including Heath BellJoel PeraltaJuan Carlos OviedoJake McGee and Alex Torres.

While the Rays might start the season with a closer-by-committee approach, pitching coach Jim Hickey believes one pitcher should eventually emerge with the closer's role.

"The last couple of seasons, we had the ninth-inning guy, and that's what everyone would prefer. I know I would prefer that," Hickey said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "That will probably end up being the case this year, although it may not be clear for at least a few weeks into the season. Whether it's Heath Bell, Peralta, Jake McGee … Alex Torres might end up being the guy. The thing I'm very comfortable with is that we have four or five guys we trust late in the game when the game is on the line. It's a pretty good situation overall."

Though, it seems to be Hickey believes Bell might be the best candidate for the job.

"The biggest question for me about a ninth-inning guy is can he handle it mentally? Can he handle it intestinally?" Hickey said. "And the fact (Bell) has been there, done that for a number of years answers that, as it did with Fernando. You know he's capable of doing that; he's not going to be afraid of the moment."


Rays sign Juan Carlos Oviedo to one-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2013) The Rays have officially signed pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo to a one-year, $1.5-million deal that also includes $1.4 million in incentives, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Oviedo didn't pitch last season due to elbow soreness, and he hasn't appeared in a major-league game since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011.