No, we’re not done yet. But, we’re in the home stretch. While we’ll be releasing a detailed report after the final arbitration hearing takes place, the likes of which no one throws out there for public consumption, here’s some tidbits as of today:
How many players did we start with? There were 137 potential salary arbitration eligible players (see our tracker)
How many filed for salary arbitration? 119 (see the listing)
How many players exchanged salary figures? 34 (see their asking figures, as well as what clubs have offered)
How many players have yet to reach deals ahead of salary arbitration? We’re at 26
Who has gone to hearing? No one. But, we know for sure at least Hunter Pence of the Astros will be as the club announced it (see the Salary Arbitration Hearing scorecard).
Who’s got the largest raise? Joey Votto will make 947.62% more in 2011 ($5,500,000) than he did in 2010 ($2,350,000)
Who’s pulled in the largest single year deal? In his final year of salary arbitration, Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon will make $12,000,000 next season. It is the highest single-year amount given a reliever, and second highest amount given to pitcher behind only Carlos Zambrano’s $12.4 million.
Who’s pulled in the largest multi-year deal? Dan Uggla with his 5-year, $62 million deal with the Braves
What’s the weirdest salary arb story, thus far? It’s a subjective matter, but we’ll say Mike Napoli, and that’s because his story’s not yet over. For the uninitiated, when salary arb players are traded, their exchange numbers go with them. That means that his $6.1 million asking figure and the Angels $5.3 million offering figure have traveled with him from Anaheim to Toronto and now Texas through the Vernon Wells and Frank Francisco trades.
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