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Arbitration forecast: busy morning ahead



UPDATE, 11:20: There has been some progress, but it appears talks on all four cases will come down to the final hours before Tuesday's deadline, with the Rays remaining hopeful of agreements.

"We don't have much of an update at this point,'' exec VP Andrew Friedman said around 11 p.m. "We have had a number of back and fourth conversations and I expect that will continue until the deadline. We remain cautiously optimistic that we'll resolve these tomorrow.'' 

DEVELOPING: The Rays don't appear as of 9 p.m. close to settling any of their remaining four arbitration cases.

Which means if they are going to avoid going to hearings with SS Jason Bartlett, RHP Matt Garza, LHP J.P. Howell and/of CF B.J. Upton, it's going to be either a late night or a busy morning.

That's because players and teams are to submit their requested salary figures by noon Tuesday, and the Rays have a strict policy of cutting off negotiations and proceeding to a hearing once the numbers are filed.

Having checked with a couple of the players, it sounds like they are waiting to hear from the Rays, and there has not been much back-and-forth.

The Rays have gone to three hearings in the first four years under exec VP Andrew Friedman and won them all. Friedman said on Friday they were hoping to settle as many of the four remaining cases as they could.


[Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 12:15am]


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