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Rays arbitration estimates for 2017

Drew Smyly set for largest raise

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors has published their early projections for salary arbitration, including 13 Rays players who will see salary increases next season.

Player (Years.Days of service) - Salary estimate

Alex Cobb (5.061) – $4.0MM
Bobby Wilson (5.057) – $1.1MM
Drew Smyly (4.154) – $6.9MM
Dana Eveland (4.145) – $900K
Erasmo Ramirez (3.158) – $3.5MM
Brad Boxberger (3.109) – $1.5MM
Corey Dickerson (3.101) – $3.4MM
Brad Miller (3.094) – $3.8MM
Xavier Cedeno (3.060) – $1.2MM
Jake Odorizzi (3.042) – $4.6MM
Danny Farquhar (2.168) – $1.1MM
Kevin Kiermaier (2.131) – $2.1MM
Chase Whitley (2.125) – $900K

Former ace Alex Cobb won’t get much of a raise due to losing the better part of two seasons to Tommy John surgery. Drew Smyly (who also missed nearly a full season in 2015 to injury), however, owns the highest arbitration projection of any Rays player since David Price.

If this holds true, Drew Smyly is your early front runner for the Rays starter to be traded this off-season.

Also of note are the bottom three players, marked in italics, as they may qualify for Super 2 status (which allows players to enter salary arbitration a year early).

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