Rougned Odor gets an eight-game suspension, Jose Bautista gets one game

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Update (6:35 PM EDT, Bill Baer): Here’s the full rundown for those that want it quick:

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Major League Baseball has not yet officially released its ruling, but Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Rougned Odor has received an eight-game suspension for his fight with Jose Bautista on Sunday. Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that he has also received a $5,000 fine. He is appealing the discipline.

Jose Bautista received a one-game suspension for his role in the fracas. With his role, primarily, being clocked on the jaw by Odor, but I guess it takes two to tango.

In addition to Odor and Bautista, Ken Rosenthal reports that Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has been suspended for three games for returning to the field during the brawl that followed Odor’s punch. Gibbons had been ejected earlier in the game. Also, Elvis Andrus was suspended one game for throwing a punch and Kevin Pillar.

Odor’s eight games will probably seem light to some given his pretty impressive punch to Bautista’s jaw and given how quickly footage of it went viral, but eight games for on-field incidents like this is a pretty standard sort of penalty. Personally I speculated that MLB would hit Odor harder than that given how rare actual fights are these days and given the social media reach these figurative black eyes entail these days, but at the end of the day a disciplinary act has to be relate to precedent lest it be overturned in a lengthy and unpleasant arbitration proceeding.

RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to 3-year, $12 million contract

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a three-year, $12 million contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.

The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667 in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have a $7 million option for 2026 with a $1 million buyout.

His 2024 and 2025 salaries could increase by $300,000 each based on games finished in the previous season: $150,000 each for 35 and 40.

Tampa Bay’s option price could increase by up to $6 million, including $4 million for appearances: $1 million each for 60 and 70 in 2025; $500,000 for 125 from 2023-25 and $1 million each for 135, 150 and 165 from 2023-25. The option price could increase by $2 million for games finished in 2025: $500,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Fairbanks also has a $500,000 award bonus for winning the Hoffman/Rivera reliever of the year award and $200,000 for finishing second or third.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 11-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 15 saves in 111 appearances, with all but two of the outings coming out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Rays from the Texas Rangers in July 2019.

Fairbanks was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Fairbanks made his 2022 debut on July 17 and tied for the team lead with eight saves despite being sidelined more than three months. In addition, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 career postseason appearances, all with Tampa Bay.

He had asked for a raise from $714,400 to $1.9 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged Jan. 13, and the Rays had offered for $1.5 million.

Fairbanks’ agreement was announced two days after left-hander Jeffrey Springs agreed to a $31 million, four-year contract with Tampa Bay that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Harold Ramirez.