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.