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Pirates defeat Garrett Jones in arbitration hearing

Feb 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Garrett Jones and the Pirates had an arbitration hearing yesterday and the three-person panel has ruled in favor of the team, meaning he’ll be paid $2.25 million this season instead of the $2.5 million he requested.

Going through with a hearing over a $250,000 gap is unusual, but Jones is arbitration eligible for the first time at age 30 and after a decade spent in the minors he may have wanted to squeeze out every cent he could. Or try to, at least.

Back when Jones was a minor leaguer in the Twins farm system he rarely produced like someone destined for the majors. He’s been better than expected, but has hit just .245 with a .312 on-base percentage and .422 slugging percentage in 306 games since his out-of-nowhere rookie campaign. Those are sub par numbers for a first baseman/corner outfielder and it’s hard to imagine the Pirates keeping him around next season with another big raise due.

  1. aklolzer - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Well, that’s a rarity. The Pirates actually won something.

  2. fbjule - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    “Going through with a hearing over a $250,000 gap is unusual”

    Well yesterday on intentional talk (mlb network show) andrew McCutchen said Garrett Jones is the cheapest player on the team….so it kind of makes sense he would do this…

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