It’s That Time Of Year Again: Arbitration
Three Los Angeles Dodgers filed for salary arbitration Tuesday. Arguably the biggest name of the three was Clayton Kershaw, who sported a 16-9 record with a 1.83 earned run average in 2013. The 25 year old lefty is entering his final season before he hits free agency and could command a record deal given his past success; winning two cy-young awards in the last three seasons.
The current arbitration record came from San Francisco Giants‘ Tim Lincecum, who asked for a whopping 21.5 million, and was combated with a $17 million offer before settling with an extension. Kershaw made $11 million each of the last two seasons. The Dodgers last case to go to arbitration was back in 2007, almost 7 years to the date. The other two Dodgers to file for salary arbitration are catcher A.J. Ellis and closer Kenley Jansen.
Kershaw’s counterpart in the American League, Max Scherzer, also filed for Salary arbitration after not being able to reach a long term extension with the Detroit Tigers Tuesday. He and Kershaw are only two of many. 146 players filed for salary arbitration including Tampa Bay Rays coveted ace David Price (10-8 with a 3.33 earned run average) as well as newly acquired Diamondback Mark Trumbo, who smacked 34 home runs, drove in 100 runs, but batted only .234 in the 2013 season with the Los Angeles Angels before being traded to Arizona this offseason.
Among other prominent names to file include Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and first baseman Chris Davis. Of the 166 players who filed for salary arbitration last year, none of the cases ever got to a hearing; the first time that had happened since arbitration became part of the game in 1974. Players in arbitration received a 119% increase in the 2013 offseason.
Players are set to swap their proposed salaries with their clubs on Friday and hearings are scheduled for next week.
By Ethan Pond of TheMLBTalk101