The Rays and JP Howell have agreed to a 1-year, $1.35 million contract, avoiding arbitration (per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times). Howell was projected to make $1.4 million through arbitration, so the Rays may have saved a couple of dollars by avoiding the arbitration process.

The Rays still have four players that are eligible for arbitration, including David Price, BJ Upton, Jeff Niemann, and recently acquired reliever Burke Badenhop. If those players do not agree to a contract extension by tomorrow, the Rays will have their 2012 salaries determined by an arbitrator.

If tomorrow’s deadline passes, there is still the possibility that the players could avoid arbitration by signing a multi-year deal. However, the Rays will not grant anymore 1-year deals to the arb-eligible players, per team policy.



  1. pete says:

    Lets get Price locked down! 5 years 65 million and 2 team options making it 7 years 100 million.

  2. Yobe says:

    Sign then trade Price. Trade shields too. Sell high, right?

  3. Ragin Rick says:

    dear god

  4. CC says:

    Only in Baseball can you get paid $1.35 million for being terrible at your job. I guess he does provide plenty of entertainment for the fans of opposing teams.

    • Jason C. says:

      Yea, let’s disregard the years prior to his injury. They are paying him a pretty low amount of money hoping that he regains that form.

      • CC says:

        I would love to be wrong, but I don’t see it. $1.35 million to “hope”?

        • J 2.0 says:

          Time and time again history has shown that pitchers recovering from arm injuries/surgeries have down years the following year and then recover and more often than not put up better numbers than before their injuries. Hoewll is a young guy and was a damn good pitcher before getting hurt. His best years are ahead of him so stop whining over $1.35 million that isn’t coming out of your pockets.

          • CC says:

            I “hope” it works out. But with the limited amount of $$$ the Rays have to spend , they need to do it wisely. We shall see.

  5. CC says:

    @ J
    By the way where do you think that $$$ comes from? Out of my pocket and everybody elses pocket who attends Rays games.

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