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What do Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Sammy Sosa, Jack Morris and 40 More Have in Common? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 02:43

MLBOf the 34 free agents in Major League Baseball that were offered salary arbitration this year, just two players, Texas Rangers RHP Frank Francisco and Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor have accepted the offers from their clubs, and therefore will be wearing their current club uniforms next season. (see the complete listing of free agent players offered and denied salary arbitration). Francisco earned $3,265,000 while Frasor pulled in $2,650,000 last season. Unsurprisingly the likes of Cliff Lee, and Carl Crawford did not accept salary arbitration opting instead for free agency where they will likely command more.

The trend of small numbers of free agent players accepting the offer for salary arbitration continues. The last free agency class saw just three players accept salary arbitration (Rafael Soriano of the Braves, Rafael Betancourt the Rockies, and Carl Pavano of the Twins) while there were just two the year prior (Darren Oliver, then with the Angels and David Weathers then with the Reds).

Of the three in the last cycle, two (Betancourt and Pavano) went so far as to exchange salary figures with their clubs. Before that cycle, just David Weather went through the player and club offering process.

Based on BizofBaseball.com salary arbitration data for the past 20 years, just 44 free agent players have exchanged figures with their respective clubs. Two FA players have gone through the process more than once (Jim Gott three years straight, 1990-92 and Juan Samuel in 1990=91). Below is a complete listing of free agent salary arbitration players that exchanged figures from 1990-2009:

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE DETAILS ON FREE AGENT PLAYERS IN SALARY ARBITRATION OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS

Platform Yr Player MLS Plyr Offer Club Offer Diff Mid
2009 Rafael Betancourt 6.079 $5,000,000 $3,750,000 $1,250,000 $4,375,000
2009 Carl Pavano 11.161 $8,500,000 $6,000,000 $2,500,000 $7,250,000
2008 David Weathers 15.044 $4,600,000 $3,000,000 $1,400,000 -$200,000
2007 Mark Loretta 12.011 $4,900,000 $2,750,000 $2,150,000 $3,825,000
2006 Tony Graffanino 9.125 $3,700,000 $2,800,000 $900,000 $3,250,000
2006 Todd Walker 9.057 $3,950,000 $2,750,000 $1,200,000 $3,350,000
2005 Travis Lee 8.000 $2,900,000 $2,000,000 $900,000 $2,450,000
2004 Roger Clemens 20.142 $22,000,000 $13,500,000 $8,500,000 $17,750,000
2003 Gabe White 7.052 $2,700,000 $1,825,000 $875,000 $2,262,500
2002 Greg Maddux 16.021 $16,000,000 $13,500,000 $2,500,000 $14,750,000
1997 Mike Munzo 6.003 $695,000 $500,000 $195,000 $597,500
1996 Mike Bielecki 9.144 $945,000 $450,000 $495,000 $697,500
1996 Greg Vaughn 7.053 $5,675,000 $5,000,000 $675,000 $5,337,500
1995 Kevin Appier 6.024 $5,387,500 $4,715,000 $672,500 $5,051,250
1995 Norm Charlton 7.128 $2,500,000 $1,650,000 $850,000 $2,075,000
1995 Tony Fossas 6.060 $920,000 $500,000 $420,000 $710,000
1995 Andres Galarraga 10.046 $4,700,000 $4,300,000 $400,000 $4,500,000
1995 Mark Lemke 6.036 $1,900,000 $1,250,000 $650,000 $1,575,000
1995 Sammy Sosa 6.049 $5,950,000 $4,900,000 $1,050,000 $5,425,000
1995 Mike Stanton 6.039 $1,750,000 $1,200,000 $550,000 $1,475,000
1995 Todd Stottlemyre 7.111 $4,300,000 $3,200,000 $1,100,000 $3,750,000
1994 Chili Davis 13.034 $5,100,000 $4,300,000 $800,000 $4,700,000
1994 Tom Gordon 6.026 $3,600,000 $3,000,000 $600,000 $3,300,000
1994 Steve Ontiveros 8.001 $1,200,000 $620,000 $580,000 $910,000
1993 Kevin Gross 10.100 $3,000,000 $2,400,000 $600,000 $2,700,000
1993 Jeff Reed 8.074 $850,000 $550,000 $300,000 $700,000
1992 Henry Cotto 7.160 $1,350,000 $737,500 $612,500 $1,043,750
1992 Jim Gott 11.000 $2,800,000 $2,300,000 $500,000 $2,550,000
1991 Daryl Boston 6.047 $1,100,000 $825,000 $275,000 $962,500
1991 Jim Eisenreich 6.032 $2,000,000 $1,300,000 $700,000 $1,650,000
1991 Jim Gott 10.000 $2,400,000 $1,850,000 $550,000 $2,125,000
1991 Candy Maldonado 9.028 $1,950,000 $1,000,000 $950,000 $1,475,000
1991 Mike Moore 9.121 $3,900,000 $3,100,000 $800,000 $3,500,000
1991 Alejandro Pena 9.162 $2,950,000 $2,100,000 $850,000 $2,525,000
1991 Juan Samuel 8.041 $2,750,000 $1,900,000 $850,000 $2,325,000
1990 Tom Brunansky 8.165 $2,750,000 $2,000,000 $750,000 $2,375,000
1990 Gary Gaetti 9.017 $3,200,000 $2,350,000 $850,000 $2,775,000
1990 Jim Gantner 13.056 $2,000,000 $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $1,500,000
1990 Jim Gott 9.000 $1,950,000 $1,500,000 $450,000 $1,725,000
1990 Mickey Hatcher 8.000 $600,000 $450,000 $150,000 $525,000
1990 Jack Morris 6.000 $3,350,000 $2,100,000 $1,250,000 $2,725,000
1990 Otis Nixon 6.085 $725,000 $485,000 $240,000 $605,000
1990 Dan Petry 11.072 $1,350,000 $650,000 $700,000 $1,000,000
1990 Juan Samuel 7.041 $1,750,000 $1,400,000 $350,000 $1,575,000
1990 Dickie Thon 11.012 $1,700,000 $1,250,000 $450,000 $1,475,000
1990 Fernando Valenzuela 8.000 $2,700,000 $2,400,000 $300,000 $2,550,000
1990 Max Venable Jr 6.151 $475,000 $375,000 $100,000 $425,000

Source: Biz of Baseball research


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey, as well as a contributor to FanGraphs and Forbes SportsMoney. He is available for hire or freelance. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

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