Rays seemingly give Kiermaier send-off with tribute video
Kevin Kiermaier may have already played his final game for the Tampa Bay Rays.
During Saturday's game at Tropicana Field, the Rays' penultimate home game of the 2022 campaign, the club honored and thanked its longtime center fielder with a video tribute.
Kiermaier, who last played July 9 and is recovering from hip surgery, came out from the dugout to salute the crowd.
The 32-year-old is in the final guaranteed season of a six-year, $53.5-million contract signed before the 2017 campaign. He has a $13-million team option for 2023, but the Rays are not expected to exercise it, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported back in early August.
The three-time Gold Glove winner has spent his decade-long career in Tampa, hitting .248/.308/.407 with 82 homers and 112 stolen bases in 914 games.
The Rays play their final home game of the season on Sunday before finishing the year with a nine-game road trip.