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Rays kick off MLB arbitration hearings with Drew Smyly

The Rays and lefty pitcher 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 today between the Rays' offer of $3.2 million for this season 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 disabled list twice. Smyly finished 5-2 with a 3.11 earned-run average.

The Rays, who were represented by senior vice president general counsel John Higgins, are 6-0 in arbitration hearings.

Also, the Rays signed right-hander Adam Reifer to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring camp. Reifer, 29, spent last season pitching in Mexico after spending most of the previous four at the Triple-A level in the St. Louis, Miami and San Francisco organizations.

Rays kick off MLB arbitration hearings with Drew Smyly 02/03/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:28pm]
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