ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay has defeated outfielder B.J. Upton during salary arbitration, leaving the Rays 5-0 in cases that have gone to hearings.
Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Upton received a raise from $435,000 to $3 million this year rather than his request for $3.3 million. Arbitrators Gil Vernon, Elizabeth Neumeier and Elliott Shriftman issued a decision Saturday, a day after hearing arguments.
Players and clubs have split the cases already decided. Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart won his arbitration case a day earlier.
Upton hit .251 with 11 homers, 55 RBIs and 42 steals last season, a slight decrease from his production the previous year, when he batted .273 with nine homers, 67 RBIs and 44 stolen bases.