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.

10 Responses to Rays Beat Jeff Niemann In Arbitration Leave a Reply

  1. joeybw 3 years ago

    Guys should just stop messing with Friedman and accept what he offers them. They will not beat him.

  2. AlKelz 3 years ago

    Monday is not looking good for Gutherie 😉

  3. joeybw 3 years ago

    You wont win, guys. Just take what Friedman offers you.

  4. eh…he’s still a multi-millionaire, so he still wins.

  5. alan104 3 years ago

    Not surprised, that’s another $450,000 that’ll go to the new stadium fund.

  6. Red_Line_9 3 years ago

    There’s always rancor over the big time free agent signing and the money involved.  What truly moves the game in the wrong direction is when there are borderline talents making multi-million dollar contracts.

    I believe it was Bill Veeck who said, “It’s not the price of talent that bothers me, it’s the price of mediocrity.”

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