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From Feb. 1-21, salary arbitration hearings begin in Major League Baseball, and with that, expect signings to pick up considerably between now and then. There are currently 22 players left in the process (Houston Street’s salary details have finally become known, so he drops from a “pending” status).
As with the filing deadline on the 19th, there should be a flurry of signing that take place as hearings draw closer. Also, watch… Thus far, with exception of one (Carlos Villanueva’s deal yesterday) every deal that has been reached with players that exchanged salary figures has been below the mid-point between asking and offering figures. If history holds true, that should shift, once one team jumps out from the practice (it is possible that Villanueva’s deal could be the cover other clubs look to do so).
(Select the image, or the following link to see those players that have exchanged salary figures in salary arbitration)
Other notes: Hearings
Wandy and Cody – Two hearing dates have been set and been made publically known: Centerfielder Cody Ross of the Marlins and SP Wandy Rodriguez of the Astros appear to be headed to hearing. For Ross, his date hearing date is scheduled for 2/15 while Rodriguez has a 2/17 hearing schedule before a panel of three arbitrators.
Freak Show? – As for the marquee name in this year’s salary arbitration class, Tim Lincecum, according to his agency, the Beverly Hills Sports Council, he does have a scheduled hearing date, but they are not allowed to release it, at this time, a sign the sides are most likely still negotiating.
As with all players in the salary arbitration process, while hearings are schedule, player and club are still allowed to negotiate, right up until the time their hearing takes place. More than one deal has been brokered right outside the hearing room, just minutes before hearing. When the stakes between winning and losing are so high, often times, deals get brokered at the 11th hour.
(See the arbitration scorecard for historical details, and other scheduled hearings as they become available)
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