A fan of of the Tampa Bay Rays waves a flag in support of his team against the Philadelphia Phillies during game two of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 23, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays won 4-2. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to one-
year contracts with outfielders Sam Fuld and Matt Joyce, pitcher Jeff Niemann
and infielder Ryan Roberts, thus avoiding arbitration with all four players.
Fuld will earn $725,000 in 2013. He missed the first 96 games of last season
while recovering from right wrist surgery. Over two seasons with the Rays, the
31-year-old outfielder has hit .244 with three home runs, 32 RBI and 27 stolen
bases in 149 games.
Joyce, 28, will make $2.45 million this season, his sixth in the majors and
fifth in Tampa Bay. Joyce hit .241 with 17 homers and 59 RBI in 124 games last
season. The Florida native is a career .254 hitter with 61 home runs and 214
RBI in 445 games.
Niemann, the fourth overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft, is set to make $3
million in 2013. The 29-year-old right-hander spent 3 1/2 months on the
disabled list last season due to a fractured right fibula, but managed to go
2-3 with a 3.08 earned run average over eight starts.
In five major-league seasons, all with the Rays, Niemann owns a 40-26 record
with a 4.08 ERA in 97 games (92 starts).
Roberts, 32, will earn $2.95 million plus incentives. Roberts was acquired
from the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 24 last season and hit .235 with 12
homers and 52 RBI in 143 games between Arizona and Tampa Bay.
The Texas native is a career .245 hitter with 41 home runs and 152 RBI in 450
games over parts of seven season with Toronto, Texas, Arizona and Tampa Bay.
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