Arbitration process advances today
UPDATE, 6:49: All seven Rays filed, and now the negotiations will begin to explore setlements before the Friday deadline.
DEVELOPING: The seven eligible Rays are expected to file for arbitration by today's deadline, but the bigger date is Friday, when the team and the player exchange figures on a one-year deal for 2014.
Under Rays team policy, once the figures are exchanged, negotiations are cut off and the sides proceed to a hearing, which are held from Feb. 1-21.
The Rays don't like to go to hearings, but when they do, it has worked out, as they are 5-0 in the Andrew Friedman regime, and 6-0 overall. In a hearing, the arbitrator picks one or the other figure.
Arbitration-determined salaries are often based on service time and comparisons with similar players, and almost always result in a raise. That is especially the case for first-time eligibles, who for the previous three years have had their salaries set by the team and were usually close to the mininum.
Here are the seven eligible Rays players, what they made in 2013 and what they are projected by mlbtraderumors.com to make in 2014:
LHP David Price, $10.1-million ($13.1-million)
OF Matt Joyce, $2.45M ($3.7M)
*RHP Jeremy Hellickson, $503,000 ($3.3M)
INF/OF Sean Rodriguez $1M ($1.3M)
*LHP Jake McGee $506,200 ($1.2M)
*C Jose Lobaton $496,500 ($1M)
*LHP Cesar Ramos $501,300 ($700K)