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