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Salary Arbitration
Written by Maury Brown   
Saturday, 07 February 2009 16:16

Shawn Hill

Shawn Hill of the Nationals becomes
the first player to go all the way to
hearing in salary arbitration, winning
his case and therefore getting his
requested $775,000 salary.

The next and final stage of salary arbitration in Major League Baseball is now in full swing as the first decision by an arbitration panel has ruled in favor of Nationals pitcher Shawn Hill.

The panel of panel of Elizabeth Neumeier, Robert Bailey and Fredric Horowitz heard Hill's case on Friday with their decision being released today.

In ruling in favor of Hill, he will receive his requested salary figure of $775,000. The Nationals had offered $500,000, or a difference of $275,000. Hill's $775,000 salary for 2009 is 93 percent higher than his salary for 2008 of $402,000. Hill is the first arbitration eligible player for the Nationals to have his contract resolved. To date, none of the four players for the Nats that filed for salary arbitration have been able to reach an agreement ahead of hearing.

In winning his case, the players are now 1-0 over the clubs for 2009. Since salary arbitration was instituted in MLB in 1974, the owners have now won 279 cases to 206 for the players.

The following shows the arbitration scorecard from 2005-2008

Final 2008 Scorecard: Owners - 6 | Players - 2

Final 2007 Scorecard: Owners - 4 | Players - 3

Final 2006 Scorecard: Owners - 4 | Players - 2

Final 2005 Scorecard: Owners - 2 | Players - 1

In other salary arbitration news...

Reliever George Sherrill reached a 1-year, $2.75 million agreement today with the Baltimore Orioles. Sherrill had been seeking $3.4 million while the Orioles were offering $2.2 million. Sherrill's $2.75 million salary for 2009 is $50,000 below the mid-point between the two figures. Sherrill's 2009 salary will be a 175 percent increase from his 2008 salary of $1 million.

Also, reliever Shawn Camp reached a 1-year, $750,000 agreement today with the Toronto Blue Jays. Camp had been seeking $950,000 while the Blue Jays were offering $700,000. Camp's $750,000 salary for 2009 is $75,000 below the mid-point between the two figures. Camp's 2009 salary will be an 85 percent increase from his 2008 salary of $405,000.

With the two deals reached by Sherrill and Camp, along with the ruling in favor of Hill, there are 19 players left in salary arbitration after 111 players filed, and 46 of those exchanged salary figures. Below is a breakdown of those 19 players, their requested salary, the club offering figure, the difference between the two, as well as 2008 salary, major league service time, and the position they play.

 
Player
ST
Team
Pos.
2008
Player Fig
Club Fig
Difference
1
Jeff Francoeur
3.088
Atlanta
OF
$460,000
$3,950,000
$2,800,000
$1,200,000
2
Kelly Johnson
3.127
Atlanta
2B
$430,000
$3,300,000
$2,350,000
$950,000 
                 
3
Conor Jackson
3.067
Arizona
1B
$419,500
$3,650,000
$2,450,000
$1,200,000
                 
4
Edwin Encarnacion
3.085
Cincinnati
3B
$450,000
$3,700,000
$2,550,000
$1,150,000 
                 
5
Dan Uggla
3.000
Florida
2B
$417,000
$5,350,000
$4,400,000
$950,000
               
 
6
Mike Jacobs
3.047
Kansas City
1B
$395,000
$3,800,000
$2,750,000
$1,050,000
7
Mark Teahen
3.155
Kansas City
OF
$2,337,500
$3,850,000
$3,050,000
$800,000
                 
8
Ervin Santana
3.104
LA Angels
SP
$445,000
$4,325,000
$3,600,000
$725,000
                 
9
Andre Ethier
2.153
LA Dodgers
OF
$424,500
$3,750,000
$2,650,000
$1,100,000
                 
10
Corey Hart
3.038
Milwaukee
OF
$444,000
$3,800,000
$2,700,000
$1,100,000 
                 
11
Ryan Howard
3.145
Philadelphia
1B
$10,000,000
$18,000,000
$14,000,000
$4,000,000
                 
12
Nate McLouth
3.056
Pittsburgh
OF
$425,500
$3,800,000
$2,750,000
$1,050,000
                 
13
Rick Ankiel
5.033
St. Louis
OF
$975,000
$3,300,000
$2,350,000
$950,000
14
Ryan Ludwick
3.109
St. Louis
OF
$421,000
$4,250,000
$2,800,000
$1,450,000
                 
15
Willy Aybar
2.153
Tampa Bay
3B
$401,200
$1,050,000
$900,000
$150,000
16
Dioner Navarro
3.103
Tampa Bay
C
$432,500
$2,500,000
$2,100,000
$400,000
                 
17
Scott Olsen
3.101
Washington
SP
$405,000
$3,500,000
$2,500,000
$1,000,000
18
Josh Willingham
3.123
Washington
OF
$405,000
$3,600,000
$2,550,000
$1,050,000
19
Ryan Zimmerman
3.032
Washington
3B
$465,000
$3,900,000
$2,750,000
$1,150,000

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Maury BrownMaury 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 contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

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