Pitcher Ryan Yarbrough, Rays go to salary arbitration

<p>ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. &mdash; Ryan Yarbrough and the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays went to a salary arbitration hearing Tuesday, with the pitcher asking for a raise from $578,500 to $3.1 million and the team arguing for $2.3 million.</p>
<p>The case was heard over Zoom by arbitrators Allen Ponak, Mark Burstein and Jules Bloch.</p>
<p>A 29-year-old left-hander, Yarbrough was 1-4 with a 3.56 ERA in nine starts and two relief appearances, striking out 44 and walking 12 in 55 2/3 innings.</p>
<p>He was 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA in two postseason starts and five relief appearances, helping the Rays reach the World Series, where they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers.</p>
<p>Yarbrough was eligible for arbitration for the first time.</p>
<p>Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi won his hearing last week, and New York Mets third baseman and outfielder J.D. Davis, and Baltimore outfielder Anthony Santander lost.</p>
<p>Decisions remains pending for Yarbrough and St. Louis pitcher Jack Flaherty.</p>
<p>Six players remain scheduled for hearings: Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes and pitcher Walker Buehler; Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ; San Francisco second baseman Donovan Solano; and Atlanta pitcher Mike Sorotka and shortstop Dansby Swanson.</p>
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