Snell says he will treat his contract — and the potential for making millions next spring in arbitration — as carrots.“Hopefully this pushes me. Arbitration will be the business side, and that’s what I’ll tell them,” Snell told reporters Friday, per the Tampa Bay Times. “I think fair is fair. It all comes around in the end anyway. At the end of the day, you get what you put in. I’ll be motivated.”WYLLYS: Why the Rays will contend for the playoffs in 2019 The Times’ Marc Topkin reported that the Rays are planning to renew Snell’s contract and pay him $573,700, about $18,000 above the MLB minimum salary of $555,000, after the team and Snell’s representatives failed to agree to terms. Snell called the decision “disappointing.” MLB clubs regularly exercise their rights under collective bargaining to unilaterally renew the contracts of players who have less than three years of major league service time and dictate the salary, which almost always winds up being close to the minimum. Snell will enter the 2019 season with two years and 72 days of service time. He is on track to be arbitration-eligible in 2020. Baseball Prospectus’ salary database shows that Snell is one of 33 players on Rays’ 40-man roster who have not reached three years of service time.Topkin also reported that Snell’s representatives have been discussing a long-term contract with the Rays “over the last few years” but that the team hasn’t offered enough. Blake Snell, the 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner, will reportedly make less than $600,000 in 2019. Such is life as a player who isn’t yet eligible for salary arbitration.Such, also, is life as a young star with the Rays, who chose not to give their 26-year-old ace a few extra dollars.