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Teams and players have until Friday to exchange arbitration figures

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Friday marks the deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration figures. Players on a team’s 40-man roster with between three and six years of major league service time (and in certain cases, between two and three) are eligible for arbitration. If the team and the player can’t come to an agreement on a salary for the 2018 season, the case will go to an arbitration hearing next month. An independent panel will decide whether the player is deserving of the salary figure he submitted or the figure the team submitted; it is either-or with no middle ground.

Thursday has seen quite a few agreements ahead of Friday’s deadline. Those are…

  • P Zach McAllister (Indians): $2.45 million (third year of arbitration eligibility of three total years)
  • OF Jake Marisnick (Astros): $1.9 million (second of four eligible years)
  • P Blake Parker (Angels): $1.8 million (first of three years)
  • P Chris Rusin (Rockies): $1.2875 million (first of three years)
  • OF Randal Grichuk (Cardinals): $2.6 million (first of three years)
  • C Mike Zunino (Mariners): $2.975 million (first of three years)
  • P Chris Hatcher (Athletics): $2.1 million (third of four years)
  • C James McCann (Tigers): $2.375 million (first of three years)
  • P Tommy Kahnle (Yankees): $1.3125 million (first of three years)
  • 3B Eduardo Escobar (Twins): $4.85 million (third of three years)
  • P Sam Freeman (Braves): $1.075 million (first of three years)
  • P Patrick Corbin (Diamondbacks): $7.5 million (third of three years)
  • OF Aaron Hicks (Yankees): $2.825 million (second of three years)
  • C Martin Maldonado (Angels): $3.9 million (third of three years)

This list will be updated as new information comes in.

Players to have avoided arbitration prior to Thursday…

  • P Cody Allen (Indians): $10.575 million (third of three years)
  • OF Khris Davis (Athletics): $10.5 million (second of three years)
  • C Cameron Rupp (Phillies): $2.05 million (first of three years)
  • P Randall Delgado (Diamondbacks): $2.25 million (third of three years)
  • OF Ryan Rua (Rangers): $870,000 (first of four years)
  • P Andrew Heaney (Angels): $800,000 (first of four years)
  • P Carson Smith (Red Sox): $850,000 (first of three years)
  • P Steven Wright (Red Sox): $1.1 million (first of three years)
  • P Tyler Thornburg (Red Sox): $2.05 million (second of three years)
  • C Steven Vogt (Brewers): $3.065 million (second of three years)
  • P Blake Wood (Angels): $1.45 million (third of three years)
  • P Robbie Erlin (Padres): $650,000 (first of three years)
  • P Chase Whitley (Braves): $800,000 (first of three years)
  • IF Andrew Romine (Mariners): $1.05 million (third of three years)
  • OF Abraham Almonte (Indians): $825,000 (first of three years)
  • P Dan Otero (Indians): signed contract extension worth $2.5 million over two years (covers second and third years of eligibility)
  • P Mike Morin (Royals): $750,000 (first of three years), later selected off waivers by the Mariners
  • P Yimi Garcia (Dodgers): $630,000 (first of three years)
  • P Danny Farquhar (White Sox): $1.05 million (second of four years)
  • P Rex Brothers (Braves): $1.1 million (second of three years)
  • P Carter Capps (Padres): $1.0625 million (second of three years)
  • P Blaine Hardy (Tigers): $795,000 (first of four years)

MLB rejected Players’ 114-game season proposal, will not send a counter

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball has rejected the MLBPA’s proposal for a 114-game season and said it would not send a counter offer. The league said it has started talks with owners “about playing a shorter season without fans, and that it is ready to discuss additional ideas with the union.”

This should be understood as a game of chicken.

The background here is that the the owners are pretty much locked into the idea of paying players a prorated share of their regular salaries based on number of games played. The players, meanwhile, are pretty much locked in to the idea that the owners can set the length of the season that is played. Each side is trying to leverage their power in this regard.

The players proposed a probably unworkable number of games — 114 — as a means of setting the bidding high on a schedule that will work out well for them financially. Say, a settled agreement at about 80 games or so. The owners were rumored to be considering a counteroffer of a low number of games — say, 50 — as a means of still getting a significant pay cut from the players even if they’re being paid prorata. What Rosenthal is now reporting is that they won’t even counter with that.

Which is to say that the owners are trying to get the players to come off of their prorated salary rights under the threat of a very short schedule that would end up paying them very little. They won’t formally offer that short schedule, however, likely because (a) they believe that the threat of uncertain action is more formidable; and (b) they don’t want to be in the position of publicly demanding fewer baseball games, which doesn’t look very good to fans. They’d rather be in the position of saying “welp, the players wouldn’t talk to us about money so we have no choice, they forced us into 50 games.”

In other news, the NBA seems very close to getting its season resumed.