The $2.5 million gap between Tucker and the Astros matched the largest among 33 players who exchanged proposed salaries with their teams last month. The case was heard Wednesday by John Stout, Fredric Horowitz and Jules Bloch, who held their decision until after Ramirez's hearing finished.
Tucker, 26, hit .257 with 30 homers, a career-best 107 RBIs and stole 25 bases and won a Glove Glove last year after batting .294 with 30 homers and 92 RBIs in 2021. He had a $764,200 salary last year and was eligible for arbitration for the first time.
Teams have won three of five decisions, All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat Miami.
Ramirez hit a career-best .300 last season with six homers and 58 RBIs. He had a $728,000 salary and was eligible for arbitration for the first time. His case was heard Thursday by John Woods, Melinda Gordon and Bloch.
Tampa Bay had earlier hearings with relievers Ryan Thompson ($1.2 million vs. $1 million) and Colin Poche ($1.3 million vs. $1,175,000). Those decisions are being held for later cases to be argued or settled.