Rays Beat Jeff Niemann In Arbitration

The Rays beat Jeff Niemann in yesterday's arbitration hearing, so the right-hander will earn a salary of $2.75MM in 2012, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. Niemann and his agents at Hendricks Sports had filed for $3.2MM, while the Rays had countered with $2.75MM, as MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker shows.

All of the Rays' arbitration eligible players now have 2012 contracts. The team is now 6-0 in arbitration and has a 5-0 mark under executive VP of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. Arbitrators James Oldham, Howard Edelman and Mark Irvings heard Niemann's case yesterday. The Nationals beat John Lannan earlier in the week, so teams are 2-0 so far this offseason.

I wouldn't be surprised if Clayton Richard, Matt Harrison and Rick Porcello were some of the comparable pitchers who came up in Niemann's case.

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