Rays avoid arbitration with reliever Chaz Roe, settle at $2.19M

The Rays and reliever Chaz Roe have avoided arbitration with an agreement worth $2,185,200, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. That’s in line with the $2.2M salary MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projected at the outset of the offseason.

The slider-heavy, right-handed Roe was a valuable member of the Rays’ bullpen over the previous two seasons. Most recently, Roe put up a 4.08 ERA/3.31 FIP with 11.47 strikeouts per nine and a 44.6 percent ground-ball rate across 51 innings in 2019. However, control was a problem for the 33-year-old Roe, who issued just under 5.5 walks per nine frames.

The upcoming season will be the penultimate arbitration-eligible year for Roe. He’ll remain a key part of a relief corps that stood out in 2019, when he, Emilio Pagan, Nick Anderson and Diego Castillo were among the playoff-bound Rays’ go-to options late in games.

Published at Fri, 10 Jan 2020 01:41:09 +0000
Source: Rays avoid arbitration with reliever Chaz Roe, settle at $2.19M.