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Saturday, February 20, 2010
 
The Chicago Cubs and Salary Arbitration - Ryan Theriot's Hearing is the Last One of the Year

The Chicago Cubs have one of the most interesting team histories in salary arbitration. Their hearing yesterday with Ryan Theriot is only the sixth in the history of the franchise. It is also the first for general manager Jim Hendry. The Cubs hold a 3-2 edge over their players. The fact that they are one of the teams with the fewest hearings is interesting enough. To me, however, what is really fascinating is the list of the five players in the group that Theriot is joining: Andre Dawson, Shawon Dunston, Leon Durham, Mark Grace, and Bruce Sutter. What a group of players! Here is a list of the number of years that these five players spent in the major leagues: Dawson - 21; Dunston - 18; Durham - 10; Grace - 16; and Sutter - 12. The analysis could go on in so many directions.

Although Dawson’s plaque in Cooperstown will depict him as a member of the Montreal Expos, “Hawk” will join Bruce Sutter who was inducted in 2006. Sutter’s plaque shows the reliever with a St. Louis Cardinals cap. Dawson lost his hearing in 1988 ($1,850,000 - $2,000,000). Mark Grace, the most recent hearing before Theriot, lost his case in 1993 ($3,100,000 - $4,100,000). Shawon Dunston defeated the Cubs in 1990 ($925,000 - $1,250,000). Leon Durham lost his 1985 hearing ($800,000 - $1,100,000). Bruce Sutter defeated the Cubs in 1980 ($350,000 - $700,000). Stephen Goldberg, the most experienced of all salary arbitrators, decided three of the previous five hearings. He ruled for the Cubs in the Dawson and Durham cases and against Chicago in the Dunston case. Howard Block handled the Grace case, and Thomas Christenson decided the Sutter case.

The other general managers for the Cubs that have gone to hearings are Bob Kennedy (1980 - Sutter), Dallas Green (1985 - Durham), Jim Frey (1988 - Dawson, 1990 - Dunston), and Larry Himes (Grace - 1993). Jim Hendry became the general manager in July 2002.

Theriot is hoping to win his case today with a demand for $3,400,000. The Cubs offered $2,600,000. Stephen Drew’s signing at $3,400,000 on January 19 should work against the Cubs. Drew is in the same service class as Theriot (3 years). Erick Aybar of the Angels, who agreed late this week to a $2,050,000 deal with $100,000 in possible incentives is also in this service group.





3 Comments:

I see that Carrie Muskat of MLB.com and Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com just reported that the Cubs defeated Theriot. That decision moves the Cubs to 4-2 in their arbitration history, and it leaves the owners, as usual, with the annual cumulative victory, 5-3.

Blogger Ed Edmonds -- 2/20/2010 11:06 AM  


The arbitration panel in the Theriot hearing was Margaret Brogan, John Kagel, and Elliott Shriftman.

If my research is correct this is the first hearing and decision for John Kagel since 1986. John Kagel's father Sam Kagel, who died at age 98 in 2007, was a long-time arbitrator for the National Football League, and he was involved in the 1982 players' strike.

Here is the line for each arbitrator afer the Theriot decision.

Margaret Brogan

After the Hearing - 4 Team Wins, 4 Player Wins

Team Wins

Ryan Theriot - Cubs - 2010
Mark Loretta - Astros - 2008
Rodrigo Lopez - Orioles - 2006
Josh Paul - Rays - 2006

Player Wins

Jeff Mathis - Angels - 2010
Cody Ross - Marlins - 2010
Chad Cordero - Nationals - 2007
Emil Brown - Royals - 2006

John Kagel

After the Hearing - 3 Team Wins, 0 Player Wins

Team Wins

Ryan Theriot - Cubs - 2010
Gary Pettis - Angels - 1986
Carlos Diaz - Dodgers - 1985

Elliott Shriftman

After the Hearing - 13 Team Wins, 6 Player Wins

Team Wins

Ryan Theriot - Cubs - 2010
B.J. Upton - Rays - 2010
Brian Fuentas - Rockies - 2008
Felipe Lopez - Nationals - 2008
John Patterson - Nationals - 2007
Rodrigo Lopez - Orioles - 2006
Josh Paul - Rays - 2006
Alfonso Soriano - Nationals - 2006
Jeremy Affeldt - Royals - 2005
Eric Gagne - Dodgers - 2004
Johan Santana - Twins - 2004
Carlos Beltran - Royals - 2003
John Rocker - Braves - 2001

Player Wins

Jeff Mathis - Angels - 2010
Miguel Cabrera - Marlins - 2007
Kyle Loshe - Twins - 2005
A.J. Pierzynski - Giants - 2004
Damian Miller - Diamondbacks - 2001
Brian Hunter - Mariners - 2000

Blogger Ed Edmonds -- 2/20/2010 2:57 PM  


You should see the pay here in England!

Anonymous EnglandsCaptain -- 2/23/2010 8:53 AM  


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