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Rays Avoid Arbitration with Joyce, Hellickson, others

Following the announcement of David Price’s $14 million pact for the 2014 season, the Rays avoided arbitration hearings with the six remaining eligible players on Friday.

Matt Joyce will make $3.7 million in his second year of eligiblity with first-timer Jeremy Hellickson just behind him at $3.625 million. He can make another $500k with incentives. Had a deal not been reached by Friday’s deadline, Hellickson might have presented the club with a difficult case to argue in front of an independent panel. Despite the poor showing in 2013, the right-hander has the traditional statistics and hardware that plays up in an arbitration setting. The 2011 Rookie of the Year winner, and 2012 Gold Glove recipient, owns a 39-31 record with a 3.70 ERA. While his advanced metrics and success on batted balls have sparked plenty of debate, arguments based on fielding independent pitching and batting average on balls in play may have been lost on the lesser baseball saavy arbitors. Dillon Gee, the New York Mets pitcher with similar stats and service time, would have been an interesting comp for Hellickson. Gee filed at just over $4 million while the Mets countered with $3.2 million. This creates a midpoint was $3.6 million or what Hellickson received.

Infielder slash outfielder Sean Rodriguez received $1.475 million plus another $25,000 if he reaches 300 plate appearences. Rodriguez figures to play as a short-side platoon player at first base or in the outfield. In his first of four arbitration years as a Super-Two player, Jake McGee will earn $1.4 million. The Rays have avoided using McGee in save situations (one career save) likely to prevent an inflated salary because of the stat. If the team wants to keep his salary at a reasonable rate expect that strategy to continue.

Rounding out the six pack is Jose Lobaton ($950k) and Cesar Ramos ($749k). Lobaton served as the co-catcher with Jose Molina last year. However with Molina re-signing on a multi-year deal and the trade for Ryan Hanigan – and subsequent three-year extension – Lobaton looks like the third wheel without minor league options. His salary and position should make him attractive to other clubs looking for help behind the dish.

One Comment

  1. Louie wrote:

    I generally like all the articles, but why doesn’t someone PROOFREAD them before posting? There are constantly words left out, and out of place so as to leave you guessing as to what is meant, such as: “The Rays have avoided using McGee in save situations (one career save)
    likely to prevent an inflated salaries because to the stat.” C’mon!!!

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