Rays, Smyly argue MLB's first arbitration case
The Rays and LHP Drew Smyly argued baseball's first arbitration case Wednesday in Phoenix over a difference of $550,000.
A three-member panel will to announce a decision Thursday between the Rays' offer of $3.2-million and Smyly's request for $3.75-million.
Either way, Smyly gets a solid raise from the $2.65-million he made last season while making only 12 starts due to a shoulder injury that landed him on the DL twice, going 5-2, 3.11.
The Rays were represented by senior vice president/general counsel John Higgins, Smyly was there with his agents.
The Rays have a policy to break off talks and procede to a hearing once figures are exchanged, which eliminates the opportunity to settle at the midpoint.
The Rays are 6-0 in arbitration hearings over their 19 seasons, 5-0 under the Stuart Sternberg regime.
Also, the Rays signed RHP Adam Reifer to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring camp.
Reifer, 29, spent last season pitching in Mexico after most of the previous four at the Triple-A level in the St. Louis, Miami and San Francisco organizations.