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Jeff Niemann signs one-year deal with Rays to avoid arbitration

Jan 18, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Tampa Bay and Jeff Niemann have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3 million deal, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Niemann was arbitration eligible for the second time after earning $2.75 million last season and gets only a small bump in salary because he missed most of the year with a broken fibula followed by shoulder problems.

He’s expected to be fully healthy for spring training and will be back in the middle of the Rays’ rotation, where the 30-year-old right-hander has a 4.06 ERA and 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 92 career starts.

  1. onbucky96 - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Another injury prone Boras player. No thanks. Sincerely, the rest of MLB clubs not located in DC.

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