Rays offer arbitration to 6 of 10 free agents

Published Nov. 23, 2010 8:54 p.m. ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have offered salary arbitration to six of the team's 10 free agents, including outfielder Carl Crawford and closer Rafael Soriano.

The AL East champions also offered arbitration to outfielder Brad Hawpe and relief pitchers Grant Balfour, Randy Choate and Chad Qualls.

First baseman Carlos Pena and reliever Dan Wheeler were not offered arbitration on Tuesday. Pena was the highest-paid player on the team at $10.25 million last season, while Wheeler earned $3.5 million.

Received 11/24/10 12:21 am ET