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Drew Smyly beat the Rays in an arbitration hearing

Drew Smyly

Drew Smyly


Drew Smyly and the Rays went through with an arbitration hearing Wednesday and the ruling just came down in favor of the left-hander, awarding him a $3.75 million salary for 2016.

Tampa Bay had countered at $3.2 million and the case was presented in front of a trio of arbitrators in Arizona who felt Smyly’s request was more reasonable.

Smyly was very effective last season with a 3.11 ERA and 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings, but he was limited to just 12 starts by a shoulder injury. He’s gone with the rest-and-rehab route rather than surgery, so the Rays will likely handle Smyly’s workload very carefully this season. He’s under team control through 2018.

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