Rays reach agreements with eight arbitration-eligible players

Alex Cobb had a 2.87 ERA last season and was one of eight players to avoid arbitration Friday.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have reached agreement on one-year contracts with all eight of their players in salaru arbitration, including starting pitchers Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly, relievers Kevin Jepsen and Jake McGee and centerfielder Desmond Jennings.

Catcher Rene Rivera, infielder Logan Forsythe and designated hitter/catcher John Jaso also agreed to deals Friday, when players and owners exchanged proposed arbitration salaries.

The Rays have a longstanding club policy of not negotiating beyond the swap. Under current ownership, the team is 5-0 in cases that went to hearings.