Rays beat Navarro in arbitration
UPDATE, 6:55: Executive VP Andrew Friedman on the ruling: "We're glad to have this behind us. Navi was an important part of our success in 2008 and we look forward to him continuing to be an integral part of our nucleus going forward. It's never ideal to go to a hearing, but it is the process in place. Now we're all happy to shift our full attention to preparing for the season and winning games."
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The Rays won their arbitration case against C Dioner Navarro.
That means Navarro will make $2.1-million, which the team offered, rather than the $2.5-million he sought. But he has no hard feelings about it.
"Navi wants to thank the Rays organization for making this a fair debate and for handling the hearing with class,'' agent Kendall Almerico said. "He is very excited to report to spring training and help the team get back to the World Series.''
The Rays are now 3-0 in arbitration under the Andrew Friedman regime, and 4-0 overall.