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RHP Andy Sonnanstine avoids arbitration with Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)

Right-handed pitcher Andy Sonnanstine and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year contract worth $912,500, avoiding arbitration.

The deal announced Tuesday leaves the defending AL East champions with no remaining arbitration cases.

Center fielder B.J. Upton and the Rays agreed Monday to a $4,825,000, one-year deal that makes Upton the highest-paid player on the team.

Sonnanstine earned $416,900 last season, when he went 3-1 with a 4.44 ERA in four starts and 37 relief appearances. The 27-year-old led the Rays with 63 relief innings pitched.

Tampa Bay's bullpen has been decimated by free agency. Five relievers - All-Star closer Rafael Soriano, Joaquin Benoit, Randy Choate, Dan Wheeler and Grant Balfour - have signed with other teams this winter.

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