Arbitration Miscellany: Big Names Didn't Sign, Records Broken, and More

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Arbitration Miscellany: Big Names Didn’t Sign, Records Broken, and More

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Perhaps now with most arbitration-eligible players signed by their respective teams, there will be enough cost certainty around the league to kinda close out free agency in a semi-normal fashion (or at least more promptly than last year). It’s been a pretty active week on that front, actually, so I’m optimistic.

That said, not everyone settled today, so there are going to be some really high-profile arbitration hearings next month.

Definitely some huge names in there, especially on the pitching side, where there could be some big battles to move the arbitration numbers forward for the guys who come after them.

Other stray bits from a big day around baseball …

  • Nolan Arenado did not settle with the Rockies in his final year of arbitration, but he’s going to set a record either way. He requested a chart-topping $30 million for 2019, while the Rockies offered a still-record-breaking $24 million. What he ends up getting could have a significant future impact on the Cubs, because if Kris Bryant returns to form, he’ll be eyeing that Arenado number over the course of his final two years of arbitration in 2020 and 2021. Arenado was only at $11.75M in his second of four arbitration years, so Bryant ($12.9M) is already ahead of his pace (and player comps rule the day in arbitration).
  • Interestingly, though, despite the trial-and-file expectation, that might not actually be the case:

  • Of course, Arenado’s record may not last for long, anyway, because Mookie Betts settled with the Red Sox for a massive $20 million in his SECOND year of arbitration (definitely a record). He gets only three turns through arbitration, so 2020 is his last bite, but he very well could approach $30 million himself after this season.
  • Francisco Lindor came up just shy of Kris Bryant’s first-year record ($10.85M), settling with the Indians at $10.55M.
  • The Brewers and Cardinals signed all of their arbitration-eligible players today (mostly under projections).
  • The Cubs’ arbitration rundown is here, and a look at how the payroll now stands is here.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.