Rays bring back Upton

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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.


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