Closer Brian Wilson and the San Francisco Giants have reached a 1-year, $4,437,500 agreement, thus avoiding arbitration. The deal, reported by The AP, is exactly in the middle of $4.875 million Wilson had been seeking, and the $4 million the Giants had been offering. Wilson had 38 saves last season, with a 2.79 ERA over 72.1 innings pitched.
Wilson joins four other players who have reached deals exactly at the mid-point between asking and offering figure. They include Jonathan Papelbon, Ramon Ramirez, Tim Byrdak, and Matt Garza. Garza and the Rays filed identical figures as they had reached a tentative agreement just before figures were to be exchanged.
To date, only one player has had a deal go above the mid-point. Carlos Villanueva of the Brewers was asking $1,075,000 while the Brewers were offering $800,000. His $950,000 deal is $12,500 over $937,500 mid-point between the two figures.
With Wilson’s signing, there are now 18 players left in salary arbitration who have not reached agreements, including the Giants last remaining player, Tim Lincecum.
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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