Devil Rays Pass on Arbitration
Dec. 08, 2003
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ As expected, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays did not offer salary arbitration Sunday to five of their former players who became free agents, including first baseman Travis Lee, outfielder Ben Grieve and shortstop Rey Ordonez.
Outfielder Al Martin and utility man Terry Shumpert also were not offered arbitration.
The team and Lee both declined the player's mutual option for next season after the first baseman hit .275 with 19 homers and 70 RBIs in 2003. The Devil Rays filled his spot in the lineup last month when they traded for Tino Martinez.
Grieve batted .230 with four homers and 17 RBIs before undergoing season-ending surgery in July on a blood clot in his upper right arm.
Ordonez, who hit .316 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 34 games, missed most of last season because of a knee injury that required surgery.
Martin led the AL with 11 pinch-hit RBIs in 2003, while Shumphert hit .190 in 59 games, including 22 starts at six different positions.