The 119 players in salary arbitration will see a salary increase of 100 percent for the 2011 season compared to last season, according to research by The Biz of Baseball. All told, players will earn $391,482,250 for 2011 compared to $195,458,675 in 2010 (an increase of 100.3 percent).
The Associated Press, using average annual value (AAV) that includes multi-year contract information has reported that the increase was 123 percent.
The largest salary increase from last season to the upcoming 2011 season is the Reds Joey Votto who after winning the NL MVP, and entering salary arbitration for the first time, will earn $5.5 million this year, a 947.62% increase from 2010 when he made $525,000.
The largest single-year deal goes to Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. Fielder, who is in his last year of salary arbitration and will be eligible for free agency after the end of this season pulled in $15.5 million for 2011, a 41 percent increase from the $11 million he earned last season.
The largest total deal went to second baseman Dan Uggla, now with the Braves. Uggla inked a 5-year, $62 million deal in his last year of salary arbitration that will wrap him up through 4 years of free agency.
There were three salary arbitration hearings this year, with players winning 2 of 3. Hunter Pence won his hearing on the last day of MLB salary arbitration season with a record-setting award of $6.9 million, the most ever for a position player in his second year of salary arbitration. Ross Ohlendorf won his case with the Pirates, while Jered Weaver lost his with the Angels. With just three players going to hearing it tied the lowest number of hearings that have taken place in a given year since the process was put in place in 1974. The last time only three players went to hearing was 2009.
Since 1974 when the process began there have been a total of 498 hearings with clubs winning 286 (57.43%) of the cases compared to 212 for the players (42.57%)/
The Biz of Baseball will be offering up a report that breaks down the 137 potential salary arbitration players, which will include stats, details on asking and offering figures for those that exchanged salaries, and much, much more. This year will be the most comprehensive report provided to the public, yet. Details to follow.
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