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.


13 Responses to Rays Avoid Arbitration With Price, Upton Leave a Reply

  1. joeybw 3 years ago

    Wow! Expected 7-8 million. Great job.

    • garylanglais 3 years ago

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

  2. 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 ago

      New Jersey blows

    • LanceKlein 3 years ago

      They should put a team on the Jersey Shore.

      • turbandog 3 years 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. 

  3. garylanglais 3 years 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

  4. Lastings 3 years ago

    I guess the Price was right…

  5. joeybw 3 years ago

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

  6. Thank you for playing Moneyball

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

  8. GrayhawkAZ 3 years ago

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

  9. diesel2410 3 years ago

    Only the Rays! Hahaha

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