The Biz of Baseball has been updated with new data…
As has been the case since we’ve launched, each year we spend a great deal of time focusing on salary arbitration in Major League Baseball. We’re providing a spreadsheet with a large amount of data found nowhere else to use.
This year saw 160 players that were eligible, 133 that filed for salary arbitration, 35 players exchange asking figures with their respective club offering numbers, and no salary arbitration hearings. With the exception of 1976 and ’77 when salary arbitration was suspended while free agency in the league was being implemented, it was the first time since 1974 when the process was put in place that there had been no hearings.
Other points of interest:
- A total of $473,010,000 was spent on the 160 players for the upcoming season, and increase of 106 percent from the 2012 salaries of $233,533,506 for the same players.
- Total contract dollars that included multi-year extensions for the 160 came to $619,085,000.
- Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison had largest total contract with his 5-year, $55 million contract.
- The largest increase in salary from 2012 to 2013 came to Giants catcher and NL MVP, Buster Posey. Posey reaped the rewards of not only a great performance last season, but being a first-time salary arb player. He earned $615,000 in his last season of club control with the Giants, and will earn $8 million in 2013, and increase of 1,201%
- There were 22 “Super Twos” that were part of this year’s class, up by six due to changes in the latest CBA that allows for more players with between two and three years of service time to be eligible. Drew Storen, Chris Johnson, Tyler Colvin, Everth Cabrera, Sam Fuld, and Josh Thole were the beneficiaries.
Make sure and catch my article on Baseball Prospectus that takes a deep into the 2013 MLB salary arbitration class and look at trends that are affecting not only salary arbitration, but free agency.
SELECT READ MORE TO SEE DETAILS FOR 160 SALARY ARBITRATION PLAYERS IN MLB FOR 2013
The following data is provided with the following for each player:
- Master tab
- Tab for each club
- Tab showing total counts per club
- Service Time
- Was player a Super 2?
- Class (number of times player has been in salary arb)
- Whether they filed for arbitration
- (If figures exchanged) Player asking figure
- (If figures exchanged) Club offering figure
- The midpoint between ask and offer
- The spread between ask and offer
- 2012 salary
- Percentage of increase/decrease from ’12-‘13
- If player/club exchanged figures, the amount above mid settlement reached
- Each salary figure for years after 2013 if player and club had extension
- Total contract dollars
- Average Annual Value
- Did the multi have option years within it?
Click the image to see as Excel 2010 file (.xlsx version)
NOTE: If using this data, please cite Biz of Baseball as the source. Also, tabs for each club may not have all the flags set for whether a player had filed, nor is all the “N/A” data been put in. Please use Master sheet for that.
Acknowledgements: A special thanks for Ronald Blum of The Associated Press and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times for answering questions