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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 18 January 2008 14:18

MLBRyan Howard and Francisco Rodriguez have largest gaps between requested figure and offered figure

Of the 110 players that filed for salary arbitration this year, over half of them (62) reached deals before today’s deadline to exchange salary figures with their respective clubs. 48 of them have exchanged figures (31 National League, 17 American League), with the player offering one salary figure, and ownership offering another.

Players and teams will continue to negotiate, many times right up until the minute that their arbitration hearing commences. The majority of these players will reach deals with their clubs in advance of a salary arbitration hearing where the selection of the player figure or the club figure is determined.

Teams with the Most Players in Salary Arbitration

  • Mets – 5
  • Houston – 4
  • Yankees – 3
  • Colorado – 3
  • Kansas City – 3
  • Cincinnati – 3

Of those 48 players, Ryan Howard has the largest gap between his figure ($10,000,000) and the Phillies ($7,000,000), or $3,000,000. While this may appear to be a large gap, by comparison, last year saw the largest gap ($4,475,000) between Carlos Zambrano ($15,500,000) and the Cubs ($11,025,000) reached by $12.4 million, one year deal.

After Ryan Howard, Rounding Out the Top Five by the Gap Between Figures Exchanged are:

  • 2) Francisco Rodriguez ($12,500,000) and the Angels ($10,000,000) – Difference, $2,500,000
  • 3) Mark Loretta ($4,900,000) and the Astros ($2,750,000) – Difference, $2,150,000
  • 4) Erik Bedard ($8,000,000) and the Orioles ($6,000,000) – Difference, $2,000,000
  • 5) Oliver Perez ($6,500,000) and the Mets ($4,725,000) – Difference, $1,775,000

Top Ten by Highest Salary Figure by Player:

  1. Francisco Rodriguez ($12,500,000)
  2. Ryan Howard ($10,000,000)
  3. Erik Bedard ($8,000,000)
  4. Casey Blake ($6,900,000)
  5. Oliver Perez ($6,500,000)
  6. Brian Fuentes ($6,500,000)
  7. Michael Cuddyer ($6,200,000)
  8. Jose Velverde ($6,200,000)
  9. Alexis Rios ($5,650,000)
  10. Felipe Lopez ($5,200,000)

Top Five Players, if Player Figure was Selected, Would Have the Largest Raise From 2007 to 2008

  1. Ryan Howard – $9,100,000 ($900,000 to $10,000,000)
  2. Francisco Rodriguez - $5,400,000 ($7,100,000 to $12,500,000)
  3. Erik Bedard - $4,575,000 ($3,425,000  to $8,000,000)
  4. Garrett Atkins - $4,250,000 ($400,000 to $4,650,000)
  5. Jose Velverde - $4,200,000 ($2,000,000  to $6,200,000)

Top Five Players, if Club Figure was Selected, Would Have the Largest Raise From 2007 to 2008

  1. Ryan Howard – $6,100,000 ($900,000 to $7,000,000)
  2. Garrett Atkins - $3,725,000 ($400,000 to $4,125,000)
  3. Chien-Ming Wang - $3,510,500 ($489,500 to $4,000,000)
  4. Bradley Hawpe - $3,172,000 ($403,000 to $3,575,000)
  5. Francisco Rodriguez - $2,900,000 ($7,100,000 to $10,000,000)

Players That Would See Salary Flat From ’07 to ’08, if Club Wins

  • Eric Bruntlett - $550,000
  • Endy Chavez - $1,725,000

Player That Would See a Salary Decrease from 2007, if Club Wins

  • Mark Loretta - -$750,000 ($3,500,000 to $2,750,000)

As we did last year, The Biz of Baseball will be tracking who signs ahead of hearings, and whether the club or player won by arbitration.

(See all players that exchanged figures for 2008 here)

In all cases, links to articles with details will be provided. We also will present a “single view” table with all the contract details shortly after Feb 22. See the single view table from last year.

Source: Major League Baseball, MLB Players' Association


Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is also an author for Baseball Prospectus, Basketball Prospectus and is an available writer for other media outlets.

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