Fri. Jun 2nd, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are engaged on a contract extension for an additional arbitration-eligible participant, nook infielder Yandy Diaz.

The edges are closing in a on a three-year, $24 million contract with a 2026 possibility, as first reported, and the deal might be finalized by Tuesday.

Diaz is scheduled for an arbitration listening to, in search of a $6.3 million wage whereas the crew supplied $5.55 million. The Rays prior to now week accomplished extensions with two pitchers who have been in any other case headed to hearings, signing Jeffrey Springs to a four-year deal for a assured $31 million and Pete Fairbanks for 3 years and a assured $12 million.

Diaz, 31, hit .296 with 9 homers and 57 RBIs final season, rating third within the American League with a .401 on-base proportion and a career-high .824 OPS. He was one in all six big-leaguers (with sufficient plate appearances to qualify for the leaderboards) to have extra walks (78) than strikeouts (60).

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