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jeff samardzija gatorade showerPlayers who have at least three years of service time (or the top 22% of players with at least two years), but not more than six, are eligible to have their 2014 salary determined in arbitration. The first step in that process is filing for arbitration today.

The Cubs’ arbitration-eligible players are Jeff Samardzija, Nate Schierholtz, Travis Wood, James Russell, Luis Valbuena, Pedro Strop, Donnie Murphy, Darwin Barney, Justin Ruggiano, and George Kottaras, though the Cubs have already agreed to deals with Kottaras and Murphy. That leaves seven players who will be filing today.

Recall, in arbitration, the player submits a salary request, and the team counters with its own proposed salary for the 2014 season. At arbitration, only one number is selected. There is no compromise.

The players and the team will exchange their proposed salaries on Friday, though you’ll likely see a number of agreed deals this week in advance of that deadline. Even after the sides exchange numbers, there are usually agreed deals before actually hitting arbitration in February.

  • jp3

    So where does the player come up with his $ salary? If the arbitrator is going to decide between the 2 figures does the player normal go really high with their figure?

    • Edwin

      Probably. It’s basically a negotiation. Ask high, knowing that you can always come down. I’m sure the team does the same thing, starting low, and being willing to come up. However, neither side wants to be too extreme with their low/high offer, because otherwise they run the risk of the arbitrator deciding against them. So the trick is to balance the risk of the arbitrator accepting the other figure, while at the same time asking as high/low a figure as possible to still get a good deal when the final figure comes up/goes down.

    • fortyonenorth

      I would think the “pick one number” scenario encourages both sides to submit reasonable numbers.

      • Teigh Cubs Teigh

        I agree. Neither side should want to avoid going too high or too low for fear of losing in the hearing. Whether that’s how it works in practice or not I couldn’t say for sure, but in theory asking for way too much or offering way too little would be a surefire way to lose in arbitration.

        • Teigh Cubs Teigh

          *Both sides should want to…not neither side. What a sloppy sentence.

    • terencemann

      If the player has an agent who’s worth a darn, the agent will have lots of research that tells them what the player can make in each arb year based on what similar players have received in arbitration in that year. The general idea is that a player in arb1/arb2/arb3 years will get a scale of 20/40/80% of what a comparable free agent would get but it usually doesn’t exactly work that way.

    • MichaelD

      The use of Final-Offer Arbitration should lead to more compromise ahead of time and more reasonable offers by both sides. In practice it does lead to fairly close numbers and fewer cases going to arbitration. There was one case a few years ago where the player had a ridiculous salary request, but I can’t recall who it was or find it searching the internet.

  • http://BN Sacko

    Could the 2 sides of Shark and FO do better negotiations after arbitration?
    Is this something they have been waiting for when talking extention?
    How much are the statements worth that he wants to remain a Cub or he does not like the process of the rebuilding?

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