As some of you may have noticed already, today is the day that players and teams submit arbitration figures. We have seen a number of contracts get worked out right before the deadline, but there are a few notable players who filed today. We’ll touch on a couple of them here, beginning with last year’s American League MVP Josh Hamilton.
Jon Heyman of SI.com reported just a short while ago that Hamilton filed for $12 million and the Rangers countered with $8.7 million.
That sounds like a pretty big gulf at the moment, but if the two sides are able to avoid an arbitration hearing, as many expect them to do, Hamilton’s salary for 2011 should be somewhere around the midpoint of $10.35 million.
Hamilton made $3.25 million last season while batting .359/.411/.633 with 32 home runs, 100 RBI and a league-leading 1.044 OPS over 133 games.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.