Navarro to earn $2.1 million

Updated: February 10, 2009, 1:32 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Catcher Dioner Navarro will earn $400,000 less in 2009 than he had hoped as the result of an arbitration ruling in favor of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Navarro will earn $2.1 million this season after a three-person panel ruled in favor of the club, following a hearing held Monday.

"[Navarro] wants to thank the Rays organization for making this a fair debate and for handling the hearing with class," his agent, Kendall Almerico, said, according to Tampa-area media reports. "He is very excited ...

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