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Rays sign 8 of 10 arbitration eligible players

And give Shane McClanahan contract incentives to return in 2024.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to terms for the 2024 season with eight of their 10 arbitration-eligible players, including a unique deal for rehabbing ace Shane McClanahan.

Sugar Shane has signed a two-year, incentive laden contract while he recovers from Tommy John surgery, which he elected to have on August 21 last year, that will pay a base salary of $3.6 million in 2024 and 2025, with escalators for games started this season, which would increase his 2025 salary by $120,000 for each start.

These incentives would seem to indicate that McClanahan could be ready for return near the end of the 2024 season (i.e. playoffs).

The players agreed are listed below, descending in order of service time (years.days), with salary amounts courtesy of MLBTradeRumors, which uses a model created by Matt Swartz.

Player (age, service time) — Projected Contract for 2024 (Arbitration round) / Actual Contract

  • RHP Shawn Armstrong (33.3, 5.113) — $1,800,000 (ARB 3 of 3) / $2,050,000
  • LHP Colin Poche (30.0, 4.114) — $2,100,000 (ARB 2 of 3) / $2,375,000
  • RHP Aaron Civale (28.6, 4.058) — $4,600,000 (ARB 2 of 3) / $4,900,000
  • RHP Zack Littell (28.3, 4.043) — $1,700,000 (ARB 2 of 3) / $1,850,000
  • OF Randy Arozarena (28.9, 3.129) — $9,000,000 (ARB 1 of 3) / $8,100,000
  • RHP Drew Rasmussen (28.5, 3.111) — $2,200,000 (ARB 1 of 3) / $1,862,500
  • 3B Isaac Paredes (24.9, 2.160) — $3,200,000 (ARB 1 of 4) / $3,400,000
  • LHP Shane McClanahan (26.7, 2.158) — $3,600,000 (ARB 1 of 4) / $3,600,000

The two players who will be going to an arbitration hearing are Ramirez, who made $2.2 million in his first year of arbitration in 2023, and reliever Jason Adam, whose agency successfully prevailed over the Rays in his first year of arbitration at a hearing. Adam had filed for $1.77 million, which was $22,000 more than the Rays offered.

  • DH Harold Ramírez (29.3, 4.124) — $4,400,000 (ARB 2 of 3) / TBD
  • RHP Jason Adam (32.4, 3.132) — $3,000,000 (ARB 2 of 4) / TBD

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Harold Ramirez has filed for $4.3 million, while the Rays countered at $3.8 million, and Jason Adam has filed for $3.25 million, while the Rays offered $2.75 million (a much more significant gap than last time). These are two of only 23 players in baseball that did not agree to terms with their teams this offseason.