Rays avoid arbitration with six players, including Joyce

The Sports NetworkJanuary 17, 2014 

St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays avoided salary arbitration with all six of their eligible players Friday, agreeing to terms for the 2014 season with outfielder Matt Joyce, catcher Jose Lobaton, utilityman Sean Rodriguez and pitchers Jeremy Hellickson, Jake McGee and Cesar Ramos.

Joyce, an AL All-Star in 2011, batted .235 with 18 home runs and 47 RBI in 140 games with the Rays last season, his fifth with Tampa Bay since being acquired from Detroit on Dec. 10, 2008 in exchange for pitcher Edwin Jackson.

Lobaton appeared in 100 games during his first full big league campaign last season and batted .249 with seven homers and 32 RBI while starting 76 games at catcher for the Rays.

Rodriguez hit .246 with five home runs and 23 RBI while playing in 94 games at five different positions for the Rays in 2013.

Hellickson, the 2011 AL Rookie of the Year, went 12-10 in 2013 with a 5.17 ERA in 32 games, including 31 starts. The 26-year-old right-hander has gone 39-31 over four seasons with the Rays.

McGee went 5-3 with a 4.02 ERA in 71 games last season and owns a 15-7 record with a 3.28 ERA over four seasons, all with Tampa Bay.

Ramos, 29, went 2-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 2013, his first full season in the majors.

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