Written by Maury Brown
Monday, 23 January 2012 14:50
As we’ve done for several seasons now, The Biz of Baseball has been updated to give you all the players that have exchanges figures as part of the salary arbitration process.
(SEE SALARY ARBITRATION FIGURES)
The table is broken out by:
- Major League Service Time
- Number of Times Player In Arb Process (Includes listing Super Twos)
- Player Asking Figure
- Club Offering Figure
- The Difference Between the Two
- The Mid-Point Between the Two
Some interesting tidbits:
- There were 43 players that exchanged figures out of the 142 that filed
- The two clubs with the highest number (4 ea) are the Diamondbacks and the Orioles.
- The largest gap to overcome is between Matt Garza and the Cubs at $4.55 million. Garza is seeking $12.5 million while the Cubs are offering $7.95 million. Mid-point is $10.225 million.
- Tim Lincecum’s $21.5 million asking figure is just $1 million less than the record ever garnered through the salary arbitration process to Roger Clemens in 2004. But, there’s a catch in that… Clemens was a free agent and had been in the league years (his service time then was 20.142). Lincecum’s number is the highest asking figure ever for a non-free agent. The mid-point between the Giants ($17 million) and Lincecum is a whopping $19.25 million.
- The “file and go” system seems to work for the Rays. Just one player (Jeff Niemann) exchanged figures with the club.
- NL MVP Clayton Kershaw in his first year of salary arbitration is asking $10 million from the Dodgers. If the two went to hearing, and the Kershaw won, it would equal the highest award for a first time salary player (Howard).
See a complete listing of salary arbitration figures dating back to 2009
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