Rays Avoid Arb With Jason Bartlett

12:11pm: The noon filing deadline passed without an agreement for Navarro or Aybar, so Marc Topkin anticipates hearings for both.

10:50am: According to Marc Topkin, the Rays avoided arbitration with shortstop Jason Bartlett by signing him at $1.98125MM for ’09.  Bartlett is under team control through 2011.  The Rays’ other two arb-eligibles are Dioner Navarro and Willy Aybar; they’re making progress with Navarro.  The Rays have a policy of not negotiating once figures are exchanged.

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