1. The Tampa Bay Rays had nine players coming into today who were eligible for arbitration. A couple of these players were ones who could potentially get dealt, including Alex Colome and Corey Dickerson. Out of the nine players eligible for arbitration, two of them will go to a hearing at a later date. Jake Odorizzi had a hearing last season and he will have another one this season. Adeiny Hechavarria is the other one who will have a hearing. Alex Colome, Corey Dickerson, Matt Duffy, Brad Miller, Dan Jennings, Steven Souza Jr, and Jesus Sucre all agreed to deals, therefore no hearing for them. Alex Colome, who potentially could be dealt, saw the biggest increase in salary jumping his salary to to over 5 million this season. The St. Louis Cardinals have shown the most interest so far in Colome.

These arbitration players like Alex Colome, Corey Dickerson or even Adeiny Hechavarria are on the block because of their increase in salary. The Rays are trying to cutdown the payroll from last season, which was $70 million.

Here are the salaries from last year and what they are following the arbitration. Dan Jennings from $1.4 million to $2.5 million (a projected value since figures haven’t been announced), outfielder/DH Corey Dickerson from $3.025 million to $5.95 million, infielder Brad Miller from $3.575 million to $4.5 million, catcher Jesus Sucre from $630,000 to $1.3 million (projected), pitcher Alex Colome from $547,900 to $5.3 million, outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from $546,700 to $3.55 million and infielder from Matt Duffy $545,300 to $900,000 (projected).

Historically the Tampa Bay Rays have been a team that settle the arbitration cases in one day or else the player will go to an arbitration hearing. Only exceptions to this philosophy have been when trying to negotiate a multiple year deal. More teams have been following this approach in recent years.

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