Non-tender deadline looms tonight
With a midnight tonight deadline to tender contracts, the Rays face interesting decisions on several of their eight arbitration-eligible players, specifically infielder Ryan Roberts, who projects to make $3 million, and outfielder Ben Francisco, around $2 million.
Also in question could be infielder Sean Rodriguez (around $1 million) and reliever Burke Badenhop ($1.6 million).
The other abitration eligibles are LHP David Price, RHP Jeff Niemann, OF Matt Joyce and OF Sam Fuld.
In some cases, the team may seek to negotiate lower salaries by the deadline and if not then cut the players loose with the potential to re-sign later.