Jason Bartlett will not be going to arbitration.
Just talked to the Rays shortstop and he said that has agreed to a one-year deal worth $4 million.
“I’m more relieved than anything,” Bartlett said. “I was going to do everything I could to get what I deserved and I think we came close enough to where I was ready to just start playing now.”
Tuesday at noon marked the deadline for Major League players and their teams to exchange figures for arbitration. While it is within the rules to continue negotiating after this deadline, the Rays’ policy is to shut down negotiations and head to arbitration once the numbers are exchanged.
Still no word on J.P. Howell, Matt Garza, and B.J. Upton, the Rays other players still on course for arbitration.