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Today is the deadline for exchanging arbitration figures

Jan 17, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT

Jonny Venters

We’ve seen a lot of “Team and Player agree to one year deal, avoiding arbitration” stories in the past few days and we’ll see many more today. The reason: today is the deadline for all arbitration-eligible players and their teams to exchange salary figures.

For those who forgot or never knew, the arbitration-eligible players say they’re worth $X. The teams says they’re worth $Y, with $X and $Y being set as of today. If they can’t agree to a deal between now and their arbitration hearing date — with the hearings taking place in mid-February — the arbitration panel will pick one of the two numbers. There is no in between.

Even if there is no agreement before 1pm today, most players and teams will still nonetheless come to an agreement avoiding an arbitration hearing. In negotiated cases, yes, the sides can agree on a number between the player’s and the team’s. More often than not these cases result in agreements at around the mid-point between the player’s number and the team’s number.

Some teams, however, are what they call “file and trial” teams, meaning that as a matter of team policy, they will not negotiate after arbitration figures are filed this afternoon, preferring to let the arbitrators sort it out.  For them, today is the drop-dead day. If they don’t hammer out a deal with their players, they are going to an arbitration hearing. In the past, file-and-trial teams have included the White Sox, Marlins, Rays and Braves.

Anyway, that’s what’s happening with all of these arbitration-avoiding deals today. If it bores you, you’re not alone. It kinda bores us too. But it also means that we’re one more step closer to actual baseball being played.

  1. xdj511 - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    For some reason I keep looking at that photo and thinking “why is there a picture of John Rocker attached to this post?”

    Who is that, really?

    • Jeremy T - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      That’s Jonny Venters, RP for the Braves. I guess he’s one of the players who hasn’t avoided arbitration yet?

  2. rdillon99 - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    The Blue Jays are a modified file and trial team in that they will not continue to negotiate a one year deal with the player after arbitration numbers have been exchanged, but they remain open to negotiating a multi-year deal up until the date set for the arbitration hearing.

  3. careyb44 - Jan 17, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    uh no, that would be Craig Kimbrell.

    • Jeremy T - Jan 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      The name of the image file is venters.jpg…

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