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Bartlett gets $1.98-million



SS Jason Bartlett avoided arbitration by settling with the Rays on a one-year deal for $1,981,250.

"I'm so happy to be done with that,'' Bartlett said. "Now I can just think about playing ball and having fun. It's going to be another fun and exciting year.''

Bartlett, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, got a hefty raise from last season when he made $416,600. He was voted the team MVP last season based on his defensive contributions while hitting .286 with one homer, 37 RBIs, a .329 on-base percentage and .361 slugging percentage.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:44am]


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