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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
 
Baseball Salary Arbitration - Players and Teams Exchange Figures

Over the past few days there has been a flurry of activity between baseball teams and player agents negotiating contracts for players eligible for salary arbitration. On Thursday, January 15, 111 players filed for arbitration. Between last Thursday and yesterday’s deadline for exchanging numbers, 65 deals were finalized leaving 46 players and teams involved in exchanging numbers yesterday.

The big buzz is about Ryan Howard who went to a hearing with the Phillies last year and beat his team. Of course, most of you are aware of his effort last year for the World Series Champions. Howard is seeking $18 million and the Phils offered $14 million. Howard’s request is the third highest figure sought since the process began in 1974. The next largest request this year is from Prince Fielder. Fielder requested $8 million, and the Brewers countered with $6 million. I am still digesting all of the deals reached before the deadline yesterday and looking over the exchanged numbers figures. I will be posting some of my insights shortly on this blog.





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Here are the figures for all of the players in arbitration:

* Ryan Howard: $18MM. Phillies: $14MM. Diff: $4MM.
* Prince Fielder: $8MM. Brewers: $6MM. Diff: $2MM.
* Garrett Atkins: $7.95MM. Rockies: $6.65MM. Diff: $1.3MM.
* Dan Uggla: $5.35MM. Marlins: $4.4MM. Diff: $950K.
* Jayson Werth: $4MM. Phillies: $3MM. Diff: $1MM.
* Justin Duchscherer: $4.6MM. A's: $3MM. Diff: $1.6MM.
* David Weathers: $4.6MM. Reds: $3MM. Diff: $1.6MM.
* Zack Greinke: $4.4MM. Royals $3.4MM. Diff: $1MM.
* Ryan Ludwick: $4.35MM. Cardinals: $2.8MM. Diff: 1.55MM.
* Justin Verlander: $4.15MM. Tigers: $3.2MM. Diff: $950K.
* Jeff Francoeur: $3.95MM. Braves: $2.8MM. Diff: $1.15MM.
* Ryan Zimmerman: $3.9MM. Nationals: $2.75MM. Diff: $1.15MM.
* Mark Teahen: $3.85MM. Royals: $3.05MM. Diff: $800K.
* Corey Hart: $3.8MM. Brewers: $2.7MM. Diff: $1.1MM.
* Mike Jacobs: $3.8MM. Royals: $2.75MM. Diff: $1.05MM.
* Paul Maholm: $3.8MM. Pirates: $2.65MM. Diff: $1.15MM.
* Nate McLouth: $3.8MM. Pirates: $2.75MM. Diff: $1.05MM.
* Andre Ethier: $3.75MM. Dodgers: $2.65MM. Diff: $1.1MM.
* Edwin Encarnacion: $3.7MM. Reds: $2.55MM. Diff: $1.15MM.
* Conor Jackson: $3.65MM. D'Backs: $2.45MM. Diff: $1.2MM.
* Josh Willingham: $3.6MM. Nationals: $2.55MM. Diff: $1.05MM.
* Scott Olsen: $3.5MM. Nationals: $2.5MM. Diff: $1MM.
* George Sherrill: $3.4MM. Orioles: $2.2MM. Diff: $1.2MM.
* Rick Ankiel: $3.3MM. Cardinals: $2.35MM. Diff: $950K.
* Kelly Johnson: $3.3MM. Braves: $2.35MM. Diff: $950K.
* Casey Kotchman: $3.25MM. Braves: $2.475MM. Diff: $775K.
* John Maine: $3MM. Mets: $2.2MM. Diff: $800K.
* Wandy Rodriguez: $3MM. Astros: $2.25MM. Diff: $750K.
* Rickie Weeks: $2.8MM. Brewers: $2MM. Diff: $800K.
* Geoff Geary: $2.1MM. Astros: $1.425MM. Diff: $675K.
* Brian Bannister: $2.025MM. Royals: $1.45MM. Diff: $575K.
* Chad Durbin: $1.95MM. Phillies: $1.35MM. Diff: $600K.
* Pedro Feliciano: $1.95MM. Mets: $1.35MM. Diff: $600K.
* Matt Guerrier: $1.75MM. Twins: $1.2MM. Diff: $550K.
* Brian Bruney: $1.55MM. Yankees: $1.1MM. Diff: $450K.
* Brian Tallet: $1.3MM. Jays: $950K. Diff: $350K.
* Shawn Camp: $950K. Jays: $700K. Diff: $250K.
* Shawn Hill: $775K. Nationals: $500K. Diff: $275K.

Blogger Pbenn001 -- 1/21/2009 11:44 PM  


Pbenn001 - Thanks for posting a list of players who exchanged numbers together with the difference.

According to my research the total of teams and players who exchanged numbers is 46. Because there have already been 4 players and teams who have settled, one can argue about what all of that means at the time that numbers are actually exchanged. I will be posting something today about the 4 settlements. Here are my additions to your list:

Willy Aybar (Tampa Bay Rays) - 2008 salary = $401,200; Team offer = $900,000; Player request = $1,050,000; Difference = $1,500; Midpoint = $975,000

Marlon Byrd (Texas Rangers) - 2008 salary = $1,800,000; Team offer = $2,700,000; Player request = $3,600,000; Difference = $900,000, Midpoint = $3,150,000

Melky Cabrera (New York Yankees) - 2008 salary = $461,200; Team offer - $1,200,000; Player request = $1,700,000; Difference = $500,000; Midpoint = $1,450,000 - SETTLED at $1,400,000 (below the midpoint)

Macier Izturis (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) - 2008 salary = $1,200,000; Team offer = $1,400,000; Player request = $1,885,000; Difference = $485,000; Midpoint = $1,642,500

Jason Kubel (Minnesota Twins) - 2008 salary = $1,300,000; Team offer = $2,400,000; Player request = $3,400,000; Difference = $1,000,000; Midpoint = $2,900,000 - REPORTED SETTLEMENT on multiyear deal

Nick Markakis (Baltimore Orioles) - 2008 salary = $455,000; Team offer = $2,900,000; Player request = $5,000,000; Difference = $2,100,000; Midpoint = $3,950,000; SETTLED on a six-year deal worth $66,000,000

Dioner Navarro (Tampa Bay Rays) - 2008 salary = $412,500 (base salary )- $10,000 for making the All-Star team); Team offer = $2,100,000; Player request = $2,500,000; Difference = $400,000; Midpoint = $2,300,000

Ervin Santana (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) - 2008 salary = $445,000; Team offer = $3,600,000; Player request = $4,325,000; Difference = $725,000; Midpoint = $3,962,500

Blogger Ed Edmonds -- 1/22/2009 1:43 PM  


I apologize for leaving out two zeros in the difference figure for Willy Aybar. It should read $150,000.

Blogger Ed Edmonds -- 1/23/2009 10:12 AM  


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