Top 5 biggest agreements for the Tampa Bay Rays on Arbitration Day

On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays made numerous arbitration deals to maintain players on their roster. Here are the biggest names returning to St. Pete because of it in 2024.

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1. Randy Arozarena - $8.1 million

Randy Arozarena
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After rumors that Arozarena was being traded were circling all offseason, the Rays have now set his value. Will they be willing to swallow an $8.4 million salary? This might be the final year the Rays hold onto Arozarena, but it'll be a big one. The biggest thing Arozarena improved last year was his walk total (80 total) while keeping his strikeouts from increasing.

Arozarena's batting average dipped a little to .254, but he put up the most home runs of any season and had 80+ RBI, showing his run-scoring ability for Tampa Bay (scoring 95, the most of his career in any season).

Hopefully, this agreement helps the Rays maintain an ever-improving hitter with discipline as he comes off of an All-Star season while decreasing animosity. His home run ball and base-running are also getting noticeably better, helping his stardom shine as the centerpiece to a team that thrives off of small ball.