The salary arbitration hearings for Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Willy Aybar, and Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana were postponed Friday. Both hearings have been rescheduled for next week but it appears that contract settlements between the clubs and players are pending, hence the postponements.
Aybar, in his first year of salary arbitration eligibility as a Super Two (ML service time 2.153 years), is seeking $1.05 million while the Rays have offered $900,000, a difference of $150,000. The difference between the two figures represents the smallest gap between asking and offering figures for this year’s class (the next nearest was Shawn Camp of the Toronto Blue Jays at $250,000). The mid-point between the two figures is $975,000. According to the St. Petersburg Times, Aybar is close to a two-year deal with a 2011 option. "We're just down to the details right now," Aybar's agent Luis Valdez said to the St. Pete Times. "The Rays have been great. This is going to be a great deal for Willy and his family."
Santana, also a first year salary arbitration eligible player, is seeking $4.325 million while the Angels have offered $3.6 million, a difference of $725,000. The mid-point between the figures is $3,962,500. Pending contract details have not surfaced.
Aybar and Santana make up a group of 13 players left in salary arbitration. They are:
- Mike Jacobs - Royals
- Ervin Santana – Angels (settlement pending)
- Willy Aybar – Rays (settlement pending)
- Conor Jackson - Diamondbacks
- Jeff Francoeur - Braves
- Kelly Johnson - Braves
- Edwin Encarnacion - Reds
- Andre Ethier - Dodgers
- Corey Hart - Brewers
- Nate McLouth - Pirates
- Ryan Ludwick - Cardinals
- Josh Willingham - Nationals
- Ryan Zimmerman - Nationals
If settlements are not reached before hand, salary arbitration hearings run through to Feb 20th.
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