Adeiny Hechavarria has won his arbitration case.
According to Bob Nightengale, the Rays filed at $5.3M and Hechavarria countered with $5.9M. The two sides couldn’t come to a resolution prior to the arbitration deadline back in January. The Rays are among the many teams who employ a ‘File and Trial’ system, meaning failure to reach an agreement before the deadline results in an arbitration hearing.
Adeiny Hechavarria joined the Rays in June of 2017 in a trade from the Miami Marlins. He showcased his incredible glove work upon his arrival. His offensive production, never seen as his strength, did pick up as the season progressed. Over the final two months of the season, Hechavarria sustained a 108 wRC+, and across his 77 games for the Rays he hit .257/.289/.411 with 7 HR, accruing 1.2 fWAR and 85 wRC+.
In 2018, Adeiny Hechavarria is slated to be the Rays starting short stop.
The Rays still have another arbitration case pending as Jake Odorizzi’s case is set to go to trial on February 12th.