According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (still weird typing that), the Rays have successfully avoided arbitration with one-year deals for David Price, BJ Upton, and Burke Badenhop. No deal was reached with Jeff Niemann, who will now have his 2012 salary determined by an arbitrator.

Price’s 2012 salary will be $4.35 million. He made $1.25 million in 2011 as the fifth year of the six-year deal he signed after being drafted. However, Price had the option to opt-out of the final year of that deal as a result of being arbitration eligible.

Upton’s 2012 salary will be $7 million. He made $4.8 million in 2011.

Badenhop, who was recently acquired from the Marlins in a trade earlier this off-season, will make $1.075 million.

This is good news for the Rays. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Price was projected to make $7.8 million in arbitration and Upton was projected at $7.6 million.




  1. Joe says:

    Rays weren't signing their 2nd bat until they knew how much Price and Upton were gonna make. That Price deal should help.

  2. J 2.0 says:

    I think Price reallizes that he can afford to pass on an additional $3.5 million now so the team can get a bat and give him some run support so in a couple of years he can get that Sabathia deal.

  3. Phil says:

    If we trade Niemann we save $3.1M! Wade Davis only $1.5M

  4. angrybuddha says:

    That's a huge risk by Price. What did they promise him for the $3M he left on the table? Sounds like his agent didn't do his job... not complaining, but...

  5. Andy says:

    Upton got a 46% increase??!!! Really??? Wow!!! Not sure anybody actually warrants that kind of raiseotential candidates, but if I were to rank potential candidates, BJ would NOT be at the top of that list!!!

    • pete says:

      23 HR 83 RBI and 36 SB and Plus defense in CF is why Upton is getting paid. He's going into his age 27 season , yes he is still only 27. I'm not sure why people in this area dislike Upton. A closer look at things , shows how valuable he is. Anyone who calls him lazy and stupid is about as smart a fan as Don.

  6. Hal says:

    That Price deal is all kinds of fishy. Is there a chance they've got some sort of long-term deal in the works? Why wouldn't he just take it to arbitration. Certainly opens up the doors for Carlos to return. Jennings, BJ, Longo, Los, Scott, Zo, Joyce, SRod, Molina. I'll take that for offense - and the defense is off the charts.

    • Beth says:

      Agreed. Either they are working on a long-term deal, or he is the rare player who takes a lower salary in hopes that the team has more flexibility and can pay for a batting order that won't leave him needing to pitch a shut out every night.

      Also, if you follow Price on Twitter (and be careful before you do -- following him is a full time job. Does this guy ever sleep?) he seems eager to have a long-term deal. Now, this could be friendly PR on his part, but maybe it's sincere.

      If we came out of this off season with long term deals for Moore and Price and the addition of Luke Scott I'd say the front office had a pretty good winter.


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