Rays Avoid Arbitration With Price, Upton

The Rays avoided arbitration with starter David Price on a deal worth $4.35MM, tweets MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith.  Price's salary matches Dontrelle Willis' first-time pitcher record set six years ago.  I thought he'd do better.  It seems the "raise argument" did not apply on top of Price's $1.25MM 2011 salary, which represented the last year of a Major League deal he signed upon being drafted.

The team also avoided arbitration with B.J. Upton, tweets Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.  Upton gets $7MM plus some small plate appearance bonuses, tweets Topkin.  MLBTR projected the Reynolds Sports Management client at $7.6MM.

The Rays appear headed for an arbitration hearing with pitcher Jeff Niemann.

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