Late Friday, several contracts were reached with salary arbitration eligible players. The deals began with the A’s and RHP Michael Wuetz reaching a 2-year, $5.25 million agreement that avoided arbitration. Later that evening, two more contracts were reached.
The Associated Press reports that RHP Scott Feldman and the Texas Rangers reached a one-year, $2.245 million settlement. He went 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA. He had been asking $2.9 million while the Rangers offered $2.05 million. The $2.455 million deal is $50,000 under the $2.475 million midpoint. Feldman represented the final player in salary arbitration for the Rangers. Frank Francisco was the other player to have exchanged figures for the club, while Esteban German, Josh Hamilton, Chris Ray, Brandon McCarthy, Dustin Nippert, and C.J. Wilson settled before figures were exchanged.
The AP also reports that the Los Angeles Angels and LHP Joe Saunders agreed to a 1-year, $3.7 million deal. Saunders went 16-7 with a 4.60 ERA last season. He had been seeking $3.85 million while the Angels had been offering $3.6 million. The settlement contract is $25,000 below the mid-point of $3.725 million. Saunders, a first time salary arbitration eligible player, will see his salary jump 679 percent from the $475,000 he earned last season. The Angels have Erick Aybar and Jeff Mathis as their remaining salary arbitration players to reach agreements, or go to hearing with.
With the three players signing on Friday (Wuetz, Feldman, and Saunders), the number of salary arbitration eligible players that have yet to reach agreements or have hearings now stands at 19.
For more information, see The Biz of Baseball’s salary arbitration figures page, which tracks each of the 44 players that exchanged salary figures with their respective clubs. Or, you can see every player that was salary arbitration eligible (and includes those that exchanged figures) at our extensive salary arbitration filing page.
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