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Niemann heads to arbitration today

Posted Feb 2, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 07:25 AM

ROGER MOONEY

Pitcher Jeff Niemann has his day in front of a three-arbitrator panel today during his salary arbitration hearing.


Niemann, 11-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 2011, is seeking a one-year, $3.2 million contract. The Rays offered $2.75 million. Niemann made $903,000 last season.

The decision of the arbitrators is likely to be rendered Friday.

The Rays are 4-0 in arbitration under executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, winning two decisions against former catcher Josh Paul and one each against former catcher Dioner Navarro and center fielder B.J. Upton.

Niemann is the only player to take the Rays to arbitration this winter. The team reached deals and avoided arbitration this offseason with Upton and pitchers Joel Peralta, David Price, J.P. Howell and Burke Badenhop.

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