Yesterday, we released a 25-page report on this yearâ€™s salary arbitration class. The report allows one to look up any of the 29 clubs that were engaged in salary arbitration this year (the Indians did not have any players in the process), see how players fared in terms of increasing salary, and a host of other tables in the Appendix such as all 111 players by position, details for each Super Two, info for each first time salary arbitration player, a break down for each of the 15 multi-year contracts, details for the three salary arbitration hearings, including the arbitrators on the panels, plus a timeline charting when each contract was reached.
Today on Baseball Prospectus, I delve deep into the numbers for an article entitled, Salary Arbitration Beats Free Agency. To quote a small section:
Of the 46 players that exchanged salary figures, management did offered up 12 contracts that have 2009 salaries exactly at the mid-point. The 12 mid-point contracts (Jeff Francoeur, Kelly Johnson, Conor Jackson, Justin Verlander, Brian Bannister, Mike Jacobs, Corey Hart, Matt Guerrier, John Maine, Rick Ankiel, Willy Aybar, Ryan Zimmerman) more than double the number of like deals in last yearâ€™s salary arbitration group, when just five players (Garrett Atkins, Erik Bedard, Joe Beimel, Kevin Correia, and Matt Guerrier) reached these kinds of deals with their employers, a possible sign that management and players saw the pressure the economy is placing the league, cutting their losses and meeting in the middle, as opposed to gambling in salary arbitration.
Thereâ€™s plenty more at the article link including how David Weathers and Darren Oliver are the smartest guys this off-season. David Weathers and Darren Oliver?!? Check out â€śThe Smartest Guys in the Roomâ€ť in the article, or go to the Reds or Angels sections of the detailed report on MLB salary arbitration, 2009.
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