Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Niemann heads to arbitration today
Posted Feb 2, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 07:25 AM
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.