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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13 Comments on "Rays Avoid Arbitration With Price, Upton"


joeybw
3 years 6 months ago

Wow! Expected 7-8 million. Great job.

garylanglais
3 years 6 months ago

Gotta wonder if the Rays “File-and-Go” strategy played any part in Price’s low figure…

3 years 6 months ago

Now if they can figure out a way to get him signed long term…. Oh yes, they will need to move to New Jersey. It’s all about the New Jersey Rays! I think we would be able to get more than 10k out to the ballpark a night. :)

sandy kazmir
3 years 6 months ago

New Jersey blows

LanceKlein
3 years 6 months ago

They should put a team on the Jersey Shore.

turbandog
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, that would be great.  Snookie can be the cheerleader squad captain and “The Situation” can be the batboy.  Maybe get Tony Soprano to be a minority owner.  The Boss could sing the national anthem.  With the Atlantic just outside the right field fence, it could be just like AT&T Park in SF, except of course for the medical waste interfering with the guys diving for the HR balls. 

garylanglais
3 years 6 months ago

This salary opens up a much, much better chance for an extension. If he hit 7-8m then there was less of a reason to.  Now they can.  Im shocked

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

I guess the Price was right…

joeybw
3 years 6 months ago

Price might of just helped bring Pena back. Rays wanted to know his and Upton’s salary before signing another bat.

3 years 6 months ago

Thank you for playing Moneyball

3 years 6 months ago

isnt upton the guy who they have been talking about trading for the last year? send him to DC.

GrayhawkAZ
3 years 6 months ago

Are you kidding me???? The Rays do it AGAIN

diesel2410
3 years 6 months ago

Only the Rays! Hahaha