The Rays and four arbitration-eligible players will avoid a hearing after agreeing to one-year contracts. Outfielder B.J. Upton will earn $7 million, pitcher David Price $4.35 million and pitchers J.P. Howell and Burke Badenhop $1.35 million each.
Pitcher Jeff Niemann was the only arbitration-eligible Tampa Bay player who has not had a deal announced. The sides are due to exchange figures today. Most teams continue negotiations until the hearing, but the Rays cut off talks after swapping numbers.