Rays bring back Upton
By Sports Network
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration with outfielder B.J. Upton on Monday, signing him to a one-year contract.
The St. Pete Times reported the pact is worth $4.825 million.
Upton was the lone player to seek arbitration last season, but lost and was awarded a $3 million deal when asking for $3.3 million.
He batted a career-low .237 but hit 18 home runs, collected 38 doubles and 62 RBI in 154 games with Tampa in his sixth major-league campaign. Upton also swiped 42 bases.
The signing means pitcher Andy Sonnanstine is the last Rays player who is arbitration-eligible.