St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to one-year contracts with outfielders Sam Fuld and Matt Joyce, pitcher Jeff Niemannand 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 seasonwhile recovering from right wrist surgery. Over two seasons with the Rays, the31-year-old outfielder has hit .244 with three home runs, 32 RBI and 27 stolenbases in 149 games.
Joyce, 28, will make $2.45 million this season, his sixth in the majors andfifth in Tampa Bay. Joyce hit .241 with 17 homers and 59 RBI in 124 games lastseason. The Florida native is a career .254 hitter with 61 home runs and 214RBI in 445 games.
Niemann, the fourth overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft, is set to make $3million in 2013. The 29-year-old right-hander spent 3 1/2 months on thedisabled list last season due to a fractured right fibula, but managed to go2-3 with a 3.08 earned run average over eight starts.
In five major-league seasons, all with the Rays, Niemann owns a 40-26 recordwith a 4.08 ERA in 97 games (92 starts).
Roberts, 32, will earn $2.95 million plus incentives. Roberts was acquiredfrom the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 24 last season and hit .235 with 12homers 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 450games over parts of seven season with Toronto, Texas, Arizona and Tampa Bay.