Today is the deadline for team across the league to settle their contracts with arbitration eligible players.
The Tampa Bay Rays are one of many teams that employ the ‘file and trial’ system as they will halt any negotiations with a player until the arbitration hearing, which will be scheduled for a date in February.
MLB Trade Rumors Projections
- Mike Zunino - $4.2M (2nd year)
- Matt Duffy - $2.6M (2nd year)
- Tommy Pham - $4M (1st year)
- Chaz Roe - $1.2M (1st year)
The first player the Rays were able to reach an agreement with was RHP Chaz Roe, who agreed to a $1.275M contract for the 2019 season.
#Rays, Chaz Roe settle at $1,275,000, avoiding arbitration, source tells The Athletic.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) January 11, 2019
The Rays were also able to agree to deals with Matt Duffy and Matt Zunino, but were unable to do so with Tommy Pham as those two sides will head to an arbitration hearing.
Rays and Mike Zunino settle for $4.4125 million plus incentives, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 11, 2019
Mike Zunino will receive $4.413 according to Mark Feinsand. He received just over $200,000 more than the projection from MLB Trade Rumors.