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Thursday, February 18, 2010
The Good News is That Arbitration is Nearing the End - Jeff Mathis and the Angels

Mike DiGiovanna reported this morning on the Los Angeles Times Sports Blog that Jeff Mathis is in Tampa today for his hearing with the Angels. Mathis, who received $450,000 for his services last year, is seeking $1,300,000. The Angels offered $700,000. Those figures create a midpoint at $1,000,000. Mathis is in the three-four year service group, and his career batting average is right at the Mendoza line (.200). If you want a good explanation of the Mendoza Line, see Paul Dickson, The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, 540-541 (Third ed., 2009). Mathis split time last year with Mike Napoli, who played in 114 games to 84 for Mathis.

In his blog posting, DiGiovanna also reports that Erick Aybar, the other Angels’ player who has not yet settled his case, is expected to avoid a hearing and reach an agreement. Aybar is also in the three-four year service group.


The Angels avoided arbitration with shortstop Erick Aybar, signing him to a one-year deal worth at least $2.05MM, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times. Aybar can earn $100K in bonuses if he makes 625 plate appearances this year.

Blogger Pbenn001 -- 2/18/2010 2:45 PM  

The Mathis panel was Margaret Brogan, Elliott Shriftman, and Steven Wolf. All three have already served on panels this year. Margaret Brogan was a member of the Cody Ross panel. Elliott Shriftman was a member of the B.J. Upton panel. Steven Wolf was a member of the Brian Bruney panel. So, this group is 2-1 in favor of the teams this year.

Here is a complete historical list for each arbitrator:

Margaret Brogan

Prior to Hearing - 3 Team Wins, 3 Player Wins

Team Wins

Mark Loretta - Astros - 2008
Rodrigo Lopez - Orioles - 2006
Josh Paul - Rays - 2006

Player Wins

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

Elliott Shriftman

Prior to Hearing - 12 Team Wins, 5 Player Wins

Team Wins

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

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

Steven Wolf

Prior to Hearing - 5 Team Wins, 4 Player Wins

Team Wins

Brian Bruney - Nationals - 2010
Dioner Navarro - Rays - 2009
Felipe Lopez - Nationals - 2008
Francisco Rodriguez - Angels - 2008
Jeremy Affeldt - Royals - 2005

Player Wins

Dan Uggla - Marlins - 2009
Oliver Perez - Mets - 2008
Todd Walker - Padres - 2007
Kyle Lohse - Twins - 2006

Blogger Ed Edmonds -- 2/19/2010 9:43 AM  

According to my research, Jeff Mathis has two comparable catchers in his same service group that could push the panel towards the Angels' figure of $700,000. Humberto Quintero of the Astros signed for $750,000, and Koyie Hill of the Cubs signed for $700,000. I think the Angels get the nod here. If so, that would push Elliott Shriftman's panel decision numbers to 13-5 in favor of the teams.

Blogger Ed Edmonds -- 2/19/2010 11:07 AM  

Jeff Mathis won his arbitration hearing with the Angels and will earn $1.3MM instead of the $700K salary the club offered, according to Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball.

Blogger Pbenn001 -- 2/19/2010 2:14 PM  

I am reading Lisa Watson's article on about Jeff Mathis' victory over the Angels. I certainly picked the wrong winner here. However, as always, I was not in the room to hear the presentations. Plus, I have been humbled in the past trying to predict an outcome. Perhaps the panel was really taken by the defensive ability of Mathis because usually a .200 career average and two consecutive seasons at .211 and .194 is enough to push the panel to the team's offer. So, with Ryan Theriot and Cubs holding their hearing today, we will end up with a total of 8 hearings this year.

Blogger Ed Edmonds -- 2/19/2010 3:38 PM  

Thank you for posting this! I really like your blog!!

Common Cents

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Blogger commoncents -- 2/19/2010 5:51 PM  

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