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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

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.

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