Rays' Smyly wins 1st MLB salary arbitration case of year

BY foxsports • February 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball's first salary arbitration case this year.

The three-person panel decided Thursday in Smyly's favor.

The 26-year-old lefty asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.65 million to $3.75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for $3.2 million.

Smyly was 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 starts last year. He started the season on the disabled list because of left shoulder tendinitis, made three starts and then went back on the DL until mid-August because of a torn labrum in the shoulder.

Fifteen additional players are still in arbitration. Hearings are scheduled through Feb. 19.

Teams were 8-6 last year, the most hearings since 2001. Clubs are 301-221 since arbitration began in 1974.