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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 15:15

What do you do when you have a bird land on your shoulder with 20 years worth of salary arbitration information? Begin looking at some records. This isn’t everything (at some point, I see a database and offering up services for salary arbitration cases), but it’s something fun to look at.

While 99.9% of this won’t become highly into focus until around the beginning of the year, free agents that have been offered salary arbitration have until today to accept or opt for free agency. Cutting to the chase, the number is likely to be very small as to who will accept. Of the 24 free agents who were offered arbitration in 2008, only two (Darren Oliver, then with the Angels and David Weathers then with the Reds). Last year it was Rafael Soriano of the Braves, Rafael Betancourt of the Rockies, and Carl Pavano of the Twins as the only three players that accepted salary arbitration when offered by their clubs.

Here’s some record numbers for salary arbitration to size up.

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(NOTE: Year is perform year, not contract or award year)

 

1st-time position player 1-year salary arbitration

  1. Ryan Howard (07) - $10,000,000 arb win
  2. Miguel Cabrera (06) - $7,400,000 arb win
  3. Alfonso Soriano (03) - $5,400,000 settlement
  4. Dan Uggla (08) - $5,350,000 arb win
  5. Derek Jeter (98) - $5,000,000 arb win

1st-time position player 1-year settlement

  1. Alfonso Soriano (03) - $5,400,000
  2. Adam Dunn (04) - $4,600,000
  3. Justin Morneau (06) - $4,500,000
  4. Matt Holliday (06) - $4,400,000
  5. Garrett Atkins (07) - $4,387,500

1st-time position player multi-year contract by average annual value (AAV) when signed

  1. Albert Pujols (03) - $14,285,714
  2. Chase Utley (06) - $12,142,857
  3. Ichiro Suzuki (03) - $11,000,000
  4. Nick Markakis (08) - $11,000,000
  5. Prince Fielder (08) - $9,000,000

1st-time position player filing number

  1. Albert Pujols (03) - $10,500,000
  2. Ryan Howard (07) - $10,000,000
  3. Prince Fielder (08) - $8,000,000
  4. Miguel Cabrera (06) - $7,400,000
  5. Chase Utley (06) - $6,250,000

2nd-time position player 1-year salary (and settlement)

  1. Miguel Cabrera (07) - $11,300,000 settlement (later went multi)
  2. Derek Jeter (99) - $10,000,000 settlement
  3. Andruw Jones (00) - $8,200,000 arb win
  4. Dan Uggla (09) - $7,800,000 settlement
  5. Alfonso Soriano (04) - $7,500,000 settlement
  6. Justin Morneau (07) - $7,400,000 settlement (later went multi)

2nd-time position player multi-year contract by average annual value when signed

  1. Miguel Cabrera (07) - $19,037,500
  2. Ryan Howard (08) - $18,000,000
  3. Justin Morneau (07) - $13,333,333
  4. Matt Holliday (07) - $11,500,000
  5. Adam Dunn (05) - $10,333,333

2nd-time position player filing number

  1. Ryan Howard (08) - $18,000,000
  2. Derek Jeter (99) - $10,500,000
  3. Adam Dunn (05) - $8,950,000
  4. Andruw Jones (00) - $8,200,000
  5. Garrett Atkins (08) - $7,950,000

3rd-time position player 1-year salary (settlement)

  1. Mark Teixeira (07) - $12,500,000 settlement
  2. Lance Berkman (04) - $10,500,000 settlement
  3. Alfonso Soriano (05) - $10,000,000 arb loss
  4. Carlos Beltran (03) - $9,050,000 settlement
  5. Aramis Ramirez (04) - $8,950,000 settlement (later went multi)
  6. Scott Rolen (01) - $8,750,000 settlement

3rd-time salary arbitration position player multi-year contract by average annual value:

  1. Derek Jeter (00) - $18,900,000
  2. Bobby Abreu (02) - $12,800,000
  3. Andruw Jones (01) - $12,500,000
  4. Jermaine Dye (01) - $10,666,667
  5. Jorge Posada (01) - $10,500,000

Highest Club Offer for 1st-time salary arbitration pitcher

  1. Tim Lincecum (09) - $8,000,000
  2. Roy Oswalt (04) - $6,000,000
  3. Ben Sheets (04) - $5,500,000
  4. Eric Gagne (03) - $5,000,000
  5. Freddy Garcia (02) - $5,000,000

Highest Player Asking for 1st-time salary arbitration pitcher

  1. Tim Lincecum (09) - $13,000,000
  2. Roy Oswalt (04) - $7,800,000
  3. Ben Sheets (04) - $6,500,000
  4. Eric Gagne (03) - $8,000,000
  5. Freddy Garcia (02) - $6,875,000

Largest Gap Between Asking and Offering

  1. Roger Clemens (as FA in 04) - $8,500,000
  2. Tim Lincecum (as 1st time arb 09) - $5,000,000
  3. Carlos Zambrano (06) - $4,475,000
  4. Felix Hernandez (09) - $4,300,000
  5. Derek Jeter (2000) - $4,250,000

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