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Salary Arbitration
Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 13 November 2009 13:31

Biz of BaseballThe Biz of Baseball has been updated with new data pertaining to salary arbitration for 2010.

The MLB Players Association late yesterday released a list of 210 potential players that could file for salary arbitration. A player with more than 3 but less than 6 years of service time can file for salary arbitration.

There are two exceptions to this rule that was collectively bargained:

Clubs can offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents.  That deadline is Dec. 1. The last day that those players that were offered salary arbitration can sign with their former team is Dec. 7. Last year, there were two such players: David Weathers of the Reds and Darren Oliver of the Angels.

A player declared as a “Super 2” is eligible for salary arbitration. A player with almost 3 years of Major League service time may become eligible for arbitration.

To qualify, a player must:

  • have at least 2 years of service, but less than 3, and;
  • have accumulated at least 86 days of service in the previous year, and;
  • rank in the top 17% of all 2-year players in service time.

The cutoff point generally falls between 2 years, 128 days of service and 2 years, 140 days.

According to Ronald Blum of The Associated Press:

Chicago Cubs infielder Mike Fontenot earned the last arbitration spot for players with between two and three years of major league service, beating out Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones and Cincinnati pitcher Micah Owings on a tiebreaker.

All three had 2 years, 139 days of service time, and ties are broken by service time in each immediately preceding season. Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds, who had 44 homers and 102 RBIs, had 2 years, 138 days.

Below is a list of the 2010 class of potential salary arbitration eligible Super 2s:

PLAYER

ST

TEAM

POSITION

Matt Albers

2.141

BA

RP

Jared Burton

2.165

CI

RP

Rajai Davis

2.167

OA

OF

Joe Devine

2.171

OA

RP

Jesus Flores

2.158

WA

C

Mike Fontenot

2.139

CC

3B

Matt Garza

2.149

TB

SP

Carlos Gomez

2.141

MI

OF

Alex Gordon

2.162

KC

3B

Tom Gorzelanny

2.160

CC

RP

Jason Hammel

2.153

CO

SP

Jeff Karstens

2.144

PI

SP

Tim Lincecum

2.148

SF

SP

Nick Masset

2.146

CI

RP

Dustin Nippert

2.140

TE

RP

Hunter Pence

2.156

HO

OF

Rafael Perez

2.157

CL

RP

Brian Wilson

2.169

SF

RP

 

This list is deemed “potential” salary arbitration eligible players as they could be signed to contracts that would extend past this year, or possibly, following years of salary arbitration. Examples of such players that have signed contracts that removed them from the salary arbitration process include Evan Longoria and Troy Tulowitzki.

Another could be that a player is non-tendered – not signed to the 40-man roster. That deadline is Dec. 12th (see this list of non-tender candidates by way of MLB Trade Rumors). This year, as it was last year, the MLBPA is keeping an eye on the actions of clubs non-tendering players. As Jerry Crasnick reports, the union is concerned about a flood of non-tendered players flooding the free agent market, thus lowering salaries for free agents already on the market.

"I don't think it's an accident that in recent weeks, management officials, without attribution, have been making predictions about what's going to happen in this year's free-agent market," [in-coming MLBPA Executive Director Michael] Weiner said. "There have been predictions about the [money] players will get, what players will be offered [salary] arbitration and what players will be non-tendered [contracts].

"If we could prove there was a plan by management to use the press to try to depress free-agent salaries, in our view that would be a violation of our contract," he said.

Details of the “potential salary arbitration” players include:

  • Club with the most potential salary arb players: The Florida Marlins (11)
  • Club with the least potential salary arb players: The St. Louis Cardinals (2)
  • Club with the highest average ML service time: Phillies (4.399)

Below is a breakdown of potentially salary arbitration eligible players, by position:

# of players

Postiion

4

1B

11

2B

6

3B

17

C

3

DH

38

OF

86

RP

36

SP

9

SS

 

SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF POTENTIAL SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

Use the link above to see details for salary arbitration filings for 2009, 2008, and 2007


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