Niemann, Rays have arbitration hearing

Niemann, Rays have arbitration hearing

Niemann, Rays have arbitration hearing
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jeff Niemann and the Rays went to salary arbitration on Thursday.

Niemann, who went 11-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 23 starts and made $903,000 in 2011, is asking for $3.2 million, while the team is offering $2.75 million.

According to The Associated Press, arbitrators James Oldham, Howard Edelman and Mark Irvings heard arguments on Thursday, and a decision is expected Friday.

Tampa Bay is 5-0 in salary arbitration cases, and under the current Rays regime, the team is unbeaten in four cases, with two of those going against Josh Paul, and one each against Dioner Navarro and B.J. Upton.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.