The Tampa Bay Rays and Tommy Pham went to battle over 600K this week and the results came in today, with Pham emerging the victor.
The Major League Baseball arbitration deliberations were held in St. Petersburg this past week and the Tampa Bay Rays had one dispute to settle. Tommy Pham, the 2018 deadline acquisition who proved huge dividends down the stretch believed that he should earn 4.1 million in his first year of arbitration while the Rays offered him 3.5 million.
Pham became the 4th player to ever beat the Rays in arbitration joining Drew Smyly, Adeiny Hechavarria and Jake Odorizzi who beat them twice. Pham’s victory bumps the Rays all time record to 6-5.
While a difference of 600 thousand dollars might seem trivial in the grand scheme of things, his added earnings will prove pivotal in his final two years of arbitration which are based on previous earnings.
In 39 games with the Rays, the outfielder hit .343/.448/.622 with 7 bombs and 22 runs batted in. Even with the late season success, Pham wasn’t satisfied and found himself getting extra work in this winter in the Dominican Winter League for Leones de Escogido.
Pham celebrated his victory on twitter acknowledging the analytics that worked in is favor and his mood after his first real pay-day.
Prior to the hearings, the Tampa Bay Rays settled with reliever Chaz Roe, third baseman Matt Duffy, and backstop Mike Zunino. When you factor in Pham’s 4.1M, the Rays settled all 4 cases for a little of 12M.
The final numbers:
- Chaz Roe: 1.275M
- Matt Duffy: 2.675M
- Mike Zunino: 4.412M
- Tommy Pham: 4.1M