You probably noticed yesterday that there were a lot of “so-and-so-avoids arbitration-by-signing-a-one-year-deal” posts. Those all happened yesterday — and will continue in to trickle in today — because today is the day arbitration-eligible teams and player exchange salary proposals.
Once numbers are exchanged, negotiation becomes way more constrained, as people are sort of pegged at a high and low. Obviously most arbitration cases settle, but they do a lot later after the exchange of numbers.
Notable arbitration cases this year whom we have yet to hear from: Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw, Andre Ethier, Cole Hamels, Hunter Pence, Mike Napoli, Matt Garza.
Alternative dispute resolution: Feel the excitement!