Rays avoid arbitration with Sonnastine, agree to 1-year deal for $912,500
The Rays settled their lone remaining arbitration case today, agreeing to a one-year deal with reliever Andy Sonnanstine for $912,500, plus some incentives.
Sonnanstine, arbitration eligible for the first time, more than doubled his $416,900 salary from last season, when he went 3-1 with a 4.44 ERA in 41 games (four starts.)
Sonnanstine, represented by the Beverly Hills Sports Council, worked primarily in long relief for the Rays last season, but could play a more significant role as the only returnee among the eight relievers who threw the most innings for the Rays. He also could figure into the mix if Jeremy Hellickson is not deemed ready for the open spot in the rotation.
In a related note, former Rays starter Matt Garza reportedly settled on a one-year deal with his new team, the Cubs, for $5.95-million.