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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Ankiel Settles Before Hearing at Midpoint - 13 Still Unresolved

Rick Ankiel settled with the St. Louis Cardinals just before his hearing was set to proceed today. Ankiel accepted a salary of $2,825,000, a figure right at the midpoint. Thirty of the exchanged numbers group have now settled with three proceeding to hearings. The players currently lead 2-1. Thirteen of the 46 exchanged numbers cases are still unresolved. So far this is the scorecard for the 30 settled cases:

Multiyear deals - 7
Above the midpoint - 4
At the midpoint - 5
Below the midpoint - 14


According to Tony Jackson of the Los Angeles Daily News, "it now appears that an arbitration hearing is all but inevitable for Andre Ethier."

Ethier's hearing is currently scheduled for Tuesday, February 17. He requested $3.75MM and the Dodgers countered with a $2.65MM bid back when figures were due. Jackson notes that the Dodgers have won their last two arbitration cases, with Eric Gagne in 2004 and Joe Beimel in 2007.

Blogger Pbenn001 -- 2/12/2009 7:40 PM  

According to Mark Bowman of, "there is a growing belief" that the Braves will not be able to avoid arbitration with Jeff Francoeur.

Francoeur's hearing is currently scheduled for Friday, February 20. He requested a salary of $3.95MM and the Braves countered with $2.8MM. Bowman does a fine job explaining the Braves' thinking:

Simply making an uncomfortable salary concession to avoid having to air dirty laundry in front of an arbitrator would further diminish the available funds Braves general manager Frank Wren is attempting to utilize while satisfying his roster needs.

Francoeur, 25, hit just .239/.294/.359 with 11 home runs and 71 RBI in 599 at-bats last season.

Blogger Pbenn001 -- 2/13/2009 12:59 AM  

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