Rays avoid arbitration with Alex Cobb, Jake McGee, Brandon Guyer

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MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the Rays have avoided arbitration with right-hander Alex Cobb, reliever Jake McGee, and outfielder Brandon Guyer.

Cobb, who underwent Tommy John surgery last May and missed the entire season, will receive a $4 million salary. This matches what he made through the arbitration process last winter. He figures to be in rehab mode for most of this season, but the Rays have him under team control through 2017. The 28-year-old owns a 3.21 ERA over his first 81 starts in the majors and was considered the Rays’ ace going into last year.

Coming off a 2.41 ERA a 48/8 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings last season, McGee will earn $4.8 million in 2016. It’s a nice raise from the $3.55 million he made in 2015. With the 29-year-old getting more expensive through the arbitration process, it’s easy to understand why the Rays have had him and Brad Boxberger on the block this winter. Like Cobb, McGee will be eligible for free agency after 2017.

Guyer, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, will get $1.185 million in 2016. He played well in a part-time role last season, batting .265/.359/.413 with eight home runs, 28 RBI, and 10 stolen bases over 128 games.