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.
Most Recent Entries
- Land O’ Lakes boys soccer coach Mark Pearson picks up 300th career win
- Manuel signs deal with Panini Authentic
- Panini previews Gold Standard basketball
- Golf: All-Western Conference Teams
- Baseball: Jesuit OF Taylor selects Duke
- Land O’ Lakes defensive standout Shaheed Salmon picks up first offer
- Football: All-Western Conference Teams
- Rays non-tender Fuld
- Chargers WR Allen top rookie in Week 12 voting
- Collect call: 2014 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team and Hopefuls
- Panini’s Totally Certified hockey to debut in February
- Leaf releases some corny inserts
- Volleyball: Berkeley Prep’s Brown a finalist for Miss Volleyball
- Rays 2014 spring training schedule
- Proposal would ease FHSAA penalty for violating “follow the coach” law
Niemann on losing arbitration: ‘I considered it a win-win situation going in’
Posted Feb 20, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Feb 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM
PORT CHARLOTTE – Jeff Niemann said he does not have any ill feelings toward the Rays despite losing his arbitration case earlier this month.
“Oh no, not at all,” he said this morning. “This is part of the business and sometimes the business side of baseball comes up and your agent advises you how to handle things. I’m glad it’s done with and over. I’m ready to start the spring.”
Niemann sought $3.2 million but settled for $2.75 million after a panel of three arbitrators ruled in favor of the Rays.
“I considered it a win-win situation going in,” Niemann said. “Certain circumstances got us to that point. We did it, went through it, got the experience. Now I’m ready to go out there and play.