Rays avoid ar­bi­tra­tion with Duffy, Roe and Zunino, but not Pham

Tampa Bay Times - - Nfl - BY ED­UARDO A. ENCINA Times Staff Writer In­for­ma­tion from Times wires was used in this re­port.

ST. PETERS­BURG — The Rays filed salary fig­ures with out­fielder Tommy Pham on Fri­day, mov­ing for­ward with the ar­bi­tra­tion process, mak­ing him the only one of four ar­bi­tra­tionel­i­gi­ble play­ers who did not reach terms on one-year con­tracts for the 2019 sea­son.

In­fielder Matt Duffy, righthanded re­liever Chaz Roe and catcher Mike Zunino all agreed to terms, the team an­nounced.

Pham, who posted a .343/.448/.622 slash line (bat­ting av­er­age/on-base per­cent­age/ slug­ging per­cent­age) in 39 games with Tampa Bay after he was ac­quired from the Car­di­nals at last year’s non­waiver trade dead­line, made $570,100 last sea­son as a pre-ar­bi­tra­tion player.

The salary fig­ures filed by Pham and the Rays were $600,000 apart. Pham filed for a $4.1 mil­lion salary, and the Rays came in at $3.5 mil­lion ac­cord­ing to USA To­day.

Zunino, ac­quired in a trade with the Mariners in the off­sea­son, will make $4.4125 mil­lion in his sec­ond year of ar­bi­tra­tion el­i­gi­bil­ity, ac­cord­ing to mlb.com.

Duffy, in his sec­ond ar­bi­tra­tionel­i­gi­ble sea­son, will make $2.675 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to The Ath­letic. Roe agreed to $1.27 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to The Ath­letic, for his first year of ar­bi­tra­tion el­i­gi­bil­ity. feel like both sides are happy.”

My­ers played out­field in 2015 after be­ing ac­quired in a three­team trade from the Rays, where he played two sea­sons and was named AL rookie of the year in 2013.

He then played first base for two sea­sons, mak­ing the NL Al­lS­tar team in 2016, be­fore mak­ing way for Eric Hos­mer last year. My­ers started 2018 in the out­field, was slowed by an­other in­jury, then was moved to third late in the sea­son and strug­gled.

There also was the mo­ment when My­ers crit­i­cized Green dur­ing a livestream of the video game Fort­nite with in­fielder Car­los Asuaje, who had been op­tioned to Triple A late in the sea­son.

“The Padres are do­ing cut­off and re­lays to­mor­row at 3 o’clock — in Septem­ber, dude.” My­ers was heard say­ing. “Oh my God. It’s so mis­er­able, man. It’s in­sane. Andy could not be any worse than he is right now.” Asuaje then said, “Dude, I’m stream­ing this.”

My­ers apol­o­gized to Green. My­ers’ $83 mil­lion, six-year ex­ten­sion had been the big­gest con­tract in team his­tory un­til Hos­mer came along.

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