Rays Avoid Arbitration with Upton, Price, Badenhop

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Centerfielder B.J. Upton and pitchers David Price and Burke Badenhop have agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays, avoiding arbitration.

The deals reached before Tuesday’s deadline for teams and players to exchange salary proposals will pay Upton $7 million, Price’s $4.35 million and Badenhop $1,075,000 next season.

Upton earned $4.85 million last year, when he batted .243 with 23 homers and 81 RBI’s. A two-time All-Star, Price made $1.5 million while going 12-13 with a 3.49 ERA. Badenhop was acquired in a trade this winter after the reliever went 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA in 50 appearances for the Florida Marlins.

Reliever J.P. Howell agreed to a $1.35 million, one-year contract on Monday.

The agreements left pitcher Jeff Niemann as the team’s only player in arbitration.

 Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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