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Analyzing the Remaining Rays Arbitration Decisions

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 02: Tommy Pham #29 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after his solo home run in the fifth inning of the American League Wild Card Game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on October 02, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 02: Tommy Pham #29 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after his solo home run in the fifth inning of the American League Wild Card Game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on October 02, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

These players aren’t going anywhere:

Tommy Pham, Tyler Glasnow, and Oliver Drake are three easy decisions for the front office to make ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.

Combined, Pham, Meadows, and Drake stand to make a projected 11.6M with a majority of that going to Pham. All three players played key roles in 2019 and are expected to do more of the same in 2020.

Tommy Pham: 

  • Projected: 8.6M
  • This is a no-brainer for the Tampa Bay Rays. Since joining the Rays at the deadline in 2018, Pham has been a huge factor in their success. Since joining the club in 2018, he has played in 184 games, hit 28 bombs, stolen 30 bases, and driven in 90 runs. In 2019, he slashed .273/.369/.450 with a .818 OPS and a 119 OPS+. He finished with 21 bombs and 25 stolen bases.
  • When you pair that production with the added experience he brings to a young clubhouse, 8.6M is a bargain.

Tyler Glasnow:

  • Projected: 1.9M
  • This is more of a formality than a decision, but regardless they will either agree to terms with Glasnow or go to arbitration with their young flame-thrower. In an injury plagued 2019 season during which he returned late to start Games 1 and 5 of the ALDS, Glasnow was dominant when healthy. In 60.2 IP, Glasnow went 6-1 across 12 starts with a 1.78 ERA and 76 strikeouts.

Oliver Drake:

  • Projected: 1.1M
  • Similar to Pham’s case, retaining Oliver Drake should be a no-brainer for the Rays. By the end of the season, Drake finished as one of the more reliable options late in games especially against left-handed hitters. Across 56 IP, he struck out 70 batters and finished with a 3.21 ERA, .982 WHIP. , and a 139 ERA+.
  • His splits against left-handed batters alone make the 1.1M he is projected a steal. When facing Drake last season, left-handed hitters slashed a minuscule .147/.163/.196. Maybe even more impressive than that slash is his K/BB ration against them, which is a dominant 33/2.
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