The annual arbitration process is chugging along, and Friday brought the deadline for teams to exchange salary proposals with their eligible players. Nobody actually wants to go to an arbitration hearing, though, as evidenced by the fact that no case made it to a panel of arbiters last year. Therefore, some of those players have already agreed to contracts with their teams in order to avoid the process altogether.
Despite Friday's deadline, teams are still allowed to negotiate with their arbitration-eligible players since hearings don't begin until February. There have already been four big winners in the American League, as Max Scherzer (Tigers), David Price (Rays), Chris Davis (Orioles) and Jim Johnson (Athletics) each agreed to one-year contracts for at least $10 million. The most notable names who have not yet signed are Matt Wieters and Justin Masterson.
Here is a rundown of the 70 American League players who were eligible for arbitration, including which ones have signed:
Athletics (7): Brandon Moss 1b (one year $4.1 million), Craig Gentry of (one year, $1.145 million), Luke Gregerson rhp (one year, $5.065 million), Jed Lowrie ss (one year, $5.25 million), John Jaso c (one year, $2.3 million), Jim Johnson rhp (one year, $10 million), Josh Reddick of
Orioles (6): Chris Davis 1b (one year, $10.35 million), Tommy Hunter rhp (one year, $3 million), Brian Matusz lhp (one year, $2.4 million), Bud Norris rhp (one year, $5.3 million), Troy Patton lhp (one year, $1.275 million), Matt Wieters c
Rays (7): Jeremy Hellickson rhp (one year, $3.625 million), Matt Joyce of (one year, $3.7 million), Jose Lobaton c (one year, $950,000), Jake McGee 1b (one year, $1.45 million), David Price lhp (one year, $14 million), Cesar Ramos lhp (one year, $749,750), Sean Rodriguez if (one year, $1.475 million)
Red Sox (5): Burke Badenhop rhp (one year, $2.15 million), Mike Carp 1b (one year, $1.4 million), Jonathan Herrera if (one year, $1.3 million), Andrew Miller rhp, Junichi Tazawa rhp (one year, $1.275 million)
Royals (7): Emilio Bonifacio if/of (one year, $3.5 million), Tim Collins lhp (one year, $1.3625 million), Aaron Crow rhp, Luke Hochevar rhp (one year, $5.21 million), Greg Holland rhp, Eric Hosmer 1b (one year, $3.6 million), Justin Maxwell of
Tigers (6): Al Alburquerque rhp (one year, $837,500), Alex Avila c, Andy Dirks of (one year, $1.625 million), Austin Jackson of (one year, $6 million), Rick Porcello rhp (one year, $8.5 million), Max Scherzer rhp (one year, $15.525 million)
Yankees (5): Francisco Cervelli c (one year, $700,000), Brett Gardner of (one year, $5.6 million), Shawn Kelley rhp (one year, $1.765 million), Ivan Nova rhp (one year, $3.3 million), David Robertson rhp (one year, $5.215 million)