Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 3:58 pm

MLB free agency arbitration tracker

By Matt Snyder

The arbitration deadline for Major League Baseball free agents is midnight Wednesday.

The compensation for losing free agents is a bit tricky, but let's try to make it as simple as possible:

• If a team loses a Type-A free agent, it will get two draft picks as compensation. One of the picks is a supplemental or "sandwich round" pick, tacked on at the end of the first round. The other comes from the team that signed the free agent. If the signing club has a pick in the first 15 of Round 1, the compensation will be a second rounder. If the signing club has a pick in the second 15 of Round 1, the compensation will be a first rounder.

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• If a team loses a Type-B free agent, it will get a supplemental pick, but the signing team doesn't forfeit anything.

There are some special case players with a different set of rules, as we've previously noted. Also, all these rules change next season when the new CBA takes effect. For more details on the CBA, check out Danny Knobler's rundown.

• Most importantly, the overwhelming majority of cases here are a formality. A team offering arbitration doesn't mean they are going to necessarily keep or lose a player. It's just done to ensure they get compensation should the player leave. The only reason a team wouldn't offer arbitration is if it didn't want said player back and was scared the player would accept.

So, here are the Type-A free agents who can be offered compensation. We'll be updating this throughout the day with a simple "yes" if the ballclub has offered arbitration or "no" if they have declined to offer it. Each team listed is the 2011 team, obviously, as these are free agents.

Heath Bell, Padres - yes
Carlos Beltran, Giants - no (he can't be offered, per his contract)
Michael Cuddyer, Twins - yes
Prince Fielder, Brewers - yes
Kelly Johnson, Blue Jays - yes
Ryan Madson, Phillies - yes
David Ortiz, Red Sox - yes
Roy Oswalt, Phillies - no
Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox - yes (already signed with the Phillies)
Albert Pujols, Cardinals - yes
Jose Reyes, Mets - yes
Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers - yes
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies - yes
Takashi Saito, Brewers - no (he can't be offered, per his contract)
Josh Willingham, A's - yes
C.J. Wilson, Rangers - yes

And now the Type B free agents

Rod Barajas, Dodgers - yes (already signed with the Pirates)
Clint Barmes, Astros - yes (already signed with the Pirates)
Yuniesky Betancourt, Brewers - no
Wilson Betemit, Tigers - no
Mark Buehrle, White Sox - yes
Pat Burrell, Giants - no
Shawn Camp, Blue Jays - no
David DeJesus, A's - yes
Ryan Doumit, Pirates - yes (already signed with the Twins)
Mark Ellis, Rockies - yes (already signed with the Dodgers)
Frank Francisco, Blue Jays - yes
Rafael Furcal, Cardinals - no
Freddy Garcia, Yankees - yes
Alex Gonzalez, Braves - no
Vladimir Guerrero, Orioles - no
Aaron Harang, Padres - yes
Raul Ibanez, Phillies - yes
Edwin Jackson, Cardinals - yes
Jason Kubel, Twins - yes
Hiroki Kuroda, Dodgers - no
Derrek Lee, Pirates - yes
Brad Lidge, Phillies - no
Ryan Ludwick, Pirates - no
Jose Molina, Blue Jays - yes
Magglio Ordonez, Tigers - no
Carlos Pena, Cubs - yes
Juan Pierre, White Sox - no
Aramis Ramirez, Cubs - yes
Jon Rauch, Blue Jays - yes
Arthur Rhodes, Cardinals - no
Cody Ross, Giants - no
Chris Snyder, Pirates - no
Jason Varitek, Red Sox - no
Dan Wheeler, Red Sox - yes
Kerry Wood, Cubs - no

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Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:39 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 10:41 pm

Twenty-seven players qualify for Super Two

By Evan Brunell

Twenty-seven players have earned the right to a fourth year of arbitration, as MLB Trade Rumors has discovered. Highlighted among the names is the Rays' David Price.

Arbitration normally kicks in only after a player's third year, and he goes through the process on a yearly basis until he reaches six years of service, qualifying for free agency. However, the top 17 percent of players who just missed three years and had at least 86 days of service time qualify for arbitration and are called "Super Twos." This year the cutoff is late at 2 years and 146 days, way up from last season's two years and 122 days.

Price qualifying hurts the Rays, who now will be paying him millions more than they would have if he had missed the cut. Other significant names include the Red Sox's Daniel Bard, the Nationals' Tyler Clippard and Jordan Zimmermann, Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler and  the Athletics' Gio Gonzalez.

Courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors, here is a list of all Super Two eligible players, as well as their dates of service:
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Posted on: January 19, 2011 1:23 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 12:19 pm

Three arbitration cases that could get nasty

While 119 players filed for salary arbitration, by the time it came down to exchange salary numbers on Tuesday, only 37 players submitted numbers -- and three of those already have agreements.

Of the 34 remaining cases, only a handful will make it to the arbitration hearings, scheduled to begin Feb. 1. Last year, only eight hearings took place. The reason is that neither side wants to go in front of the three-person panels, not as much for the fear of losing, but more because of the process.

Deals can be made up until the point the parties enter the room, but once there, it's one number or the other, there's no more compromise or negotiation.

Once that door closes, a front-office member who has told me, it can get pretty nasty and hurt the relationship between a team and a player for years to come. Here's the three pending cases that could get the most contentious in this process:

Josh Hamilton 1. Josh Hamilton, Rangers -- Hamilton has requested $12 million, while the Rangers have offered $8.7 million. No player, perhaps, in the history of the game has done more to make the case for both sides easier. Hamilton can point to his MVP and associated numbers, while the Rangers don't have to do too much digging to get into Hamilton's past and find some demons. They can even point to his recent five-day stay in the hospital for pneumonia as a concern that he can stay healthy considering his past drug use and his own admitted depleted immune system.

Jose Bautista 2. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays -- Bautista has requested $10.5 million, while the Blue Jays have offered $7.6 million. Ryan Howard's $10 million decision in 2008 is the record judgement in arbitration, but he already had an MVP under his belt and was coming off a fifth-place finish in the award the season he became eligible for arbitration. Bautista has nowhere near the same track record, breaking out in 2010. There have been questions about the methods he used to improve so drastically in one season, and they will certainly be brought up in a hearing.

Edinson Volquez 3. Edinson Volquez, Reds -- Volquez has requested $2 million, while the Reds have offered $1.3 million. The fact that the difference is so small makes it even less likely the Reds and Volquez go to arbitration -- and the fact that Volquez was suspended 50 games for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs last season would make it more interesting than either side would like. The team publicly supported Volquez during his suspension (and coming off of Tommy John surgery, he didn't actually miss any time he would have played and actually ended up saving the Reds money because they didn't have to pay him during his suspension), but they may sing a different tune in an arbitration hearing.

Others to watch: Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez has asked for $10.25 million, while the Astros countered with $8 million. Rodriguez lost his hearing last season. The process has already gotten some teeth with the Brewers and second baseman Rickie Weeks, who has asked for $7.2 million, with the Brewers offering $4.85 million.

Update: Volquez and the Reds agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,625,000 on Monday, Jan. 31.

Rodriguez and the Astros reached an agreement on a $34 million, three-year contract on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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