All-Star catcher Dioner Navarro lost his salary arbitration hearing with the Tampa Bay Rays, and in doing so will collect $2.1 million in salary for 2009 instead of his requested figure of $2.5 million, a difference of $400,000.
The arbitration panel that ruled in the Rays favor was made up of Elizabeth Neumeier, James Oldham, and Steven Wolf.
“Losing” is a relative term for Navarro as he will still see his salary rise 386 percent from his $432,500 he made in 2008.
The Rays have won all four salary arbitration cases that have gone to hearing since coming to the league beating Josh Paul in 2006 and 2007, as well as Estaban Yan in 2002
(see salary arbitration scorecard for complete history)
With the Rays bearing Navarro the players and owners are tied in cases that have gone to hearing this year. On Sat. the 7th, a panel made up of Elizabeth Neumeier, Robert Bailey, Fredric Horowitz ruled in favor of SP Shawn Hill of the Washington Nationals, making it players 1, owners 1.
Since 1974 when salary arbitration was put into place in MLB, the Owners have won 280 cases to the players 206.
Salary arbitration hearings run from Feb. 6-20th. There are 15 players left have not yet reached agreements or been ruled upon in hearing. They are:
- Mike Jacobs - Royals
- Ervin Santana - Angels
- Willy Aybar – Rays (NOTE: Contract agreement is pending)
- Conor Jackson - Diamondbacks
- Jeff Francoeur - Braves
- Kelly Johnson - Braves
- Edwin Encarnacion - Reds
- Dan Uggla - Marlins
- Andre Ethier - Dodgers
- Corey Hart - Brewers
- Nate McLouth - Pirates
- Rick Ankiel - Cardinals
- Ryan Ludwick - Cardinals
- Josh Willingham - Nationals
- Ryan Zimmerman - Nationals
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