Earlier today, the Rays reached agreements on one-year deals with three of their four remaining arbitration-eligible players. The fourth, Jeff Niemann, will have his 2012 salary determined by an arbitrator.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that Niemann is asking for $3.2 million. The Rays are offering $2.75 million, a difference of just $450,000. And while not many teams would risk going to arbitration over $450,000, the Rays are one.
Niemann was projected to make $3.1 million through arbitration. However, the Rays are 4-0 when cases go to arbitration.