Rays likely to tender all 11 arbitration-eligible players
The Rays are expected to tender contracts by tonight's 8 p.m. deadline to their MLB-most 11 players eligible for arbitration.
That group includes three who qualified under the Super 2 provision based on service-time, which teams sometimes try to manipulate by limiting call-ups early in player's career - RHP Danny Farquhar, INF Tim Beckham and OF Kevin Kiermaier.
Kiermaier, with 2 years and 131 days service, was believed to be right at the cutoff, which includes the top 20 percent of the players with 2-3 years service. As a result, he and the others get to be eligible for arbitration four times rather than the standard three.
Teams have until 8 p.m. tonight to decide, with the players who are non-tendered becoming free agents. With needs for relievers, a catcher and an outfielder/DH and free-agent prices high, the Rays may benefit from the additional inventory, or even be able to make a trade today to get a player who otherwise would be let go elsewhere.
Here are the 11 Rays that are arbitration eligible, with most negotiations usually taking place in January before the filing deadline, and estimates of their salaries:
LHP Drew Smyly, $7M
RHP Alex Cobb, $4-5M
RHP Erasmo Ramirez, $3-4M
INF Brad Miller, $3-4M
RHP Jake Odorizzi, $3-4M
OF Corey Dickerson, $3-4M
OF Kevin Kiermaier, $2.5-3M
RHP Brad Boxberger, $1-1.5M
LHP Xavier Cedeno, $800K-1.5M
RHP Danny Farquhar, $800K-1.5M
INF Tim Beckham, $800K-1.5M