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Rays still talking to avoid arbitration



Rays officials are continuing negotiations with their three arbitration eligible players right up to their self-imposed deadline in an effort to avoid going to a hearing.

"We've made some pretty signficiant progress,'' the agent for C Dioner Navarro, Kendall Almerico, said a few minutes ago.

The deadline to exchange figures is noon, and that's when the Rays, under team policy, cut off talks and proceed directly to a hearing.

The other two arbitration eligible players are INF Willy Aybar and SS Jason Bartlett.

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


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