Rays avoid arbitration with Duffy, Roe, Zunino

But Tampa Bay will start the arbitration process with Tommy Pham.
Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder Tommy Pham (29) celebrates scoring on a single by second baseman Brandon Lowe (35) during the sixth inning of the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 29, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder Tommy Pham (29) celebrates scoring on a single by second baseman Brandon Lowe (35) during the sixth inning of the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 29, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published January 11
Updated January 12

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays filed salary figures with outfielder Tommy Pham on Friday, moving forward with the arbitration process, making him the only one of four arbitration-eligible players who did not reach terms on one-year contracts for the 2019 season.

Infielder Matt Duffy, right-handed reliever Chaz Roe and catcher Mike Zunino all agreed to terms on deals, the team announced Friday.

Pham, who posted a .343/.448/.622 slash line in 39 games with Tampa Bay after he was acquired from the Cardinals at last year's non-waiver trade deadline, made $570,100 last season as a pre-arb player.

The salary figures filed by Pham and the Rays were just $600,000 apart. Pham filed for a $4.1-million salary and Tampa Bay came in at $3.5, according to USA Today.

Zunino, acquired in a trade with the Mariners earlier this offseason, will make $4.4125 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility, according to MLB.com.

Duffy, also in his second arbitration-eligible season, will make $2.675 million, according to The Athletic. Roe agreed to as $1.275-million deal, according to The Athletic, for his first year of arbitration eligibility.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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