The Tampa Bay Rays were able to avoid arbitration with some of their bigger stars, including B.J. Upton and David Price, according to a press release released by the team. They were also able to come to deals with Burke Badenhop and J.P. Howell. Details of the contracts were made available in a press release made by the team.
David Price will earn $4.35 million this coming season, which feels low considering he was the opening day starter for the Rays and made the All-Star team.But his record might not have reflected his ability, and it's possible that cost him.
Price's price tag feels even lower considering center fielder B.J. Upton will make $7 million, which might be a little bit too high for the Rays and could give them a good reason to trade him.
Badenhop and Howell will earn $1.075 and $1.35 million respectively.
They will have to go to arbitration with the eligible players they were not able to agree with, including Jeff Niemann.
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