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MLB Arbitration Update

Yesterday, Dominic Perilli put together an excellent piece highlighting the decision by Prince Fielder to avoid salary arbitration and what Ryan Howard has to look forward to in the coming month.  What about a Florida Marlin looking forward to some fun final-offer arbitration?

Dan Uggla is asking for $5.35 million.  The Marlins offering $4.4 million.  He received $417,000 last season.

Uggla’s teammates, Jorge Cantu and Jeremy Hermida were able to avoid the arbitration panel.  Cantu signed a $3.5 million deal.  He received $600,000 last year.  Hermida signed a $2.25 million deal.

Another Florida team, the Tampa Bay Rays have a couple of arbitration cases pending.

Willy Aybar is asking for $1.05 million.  The Rays are offering $900,000.  He received $401,200 last season.

Dioner Navarro is asking for $2.5 million.  The Rays are offering $2.1 million.  He received $422,500 last season.

Here are what players outside of Florida are asking for compared to what their teams are looking to hand over:

  • Garrett Atkins: $7.95MM. Rockies: $6.65MM. Diff: $1.3MM.
  • Jayson Werth: $4MM. Phillies: $3MM. Diff: $1MM.
  • Justin Duchscherer: $4.6MM. A’s: $3MM. Diff: $1.6MM.
  • David Weathers: $4.6MM. Reds: $3MM. Diff: $1.6MM.
  • Zack Greinke: $4.4MM. Royals $3.4MM. Diff: $1MM.
  • Ryan Ludwick: $4.35MM. Cardinals: $2.8MM. Diff: 1.55MM.
  • Justin Verlander: $4.15MM. Tigers: $3.2MM. Diff: $950K.
  • Jeff Francoeur: $3.95MM. Braves: $2.8MM. Diff: $1.15MM.
  • Ryan Zimmerman: $3.9MM. Nationals: $2.75MM. Diff: $1.15MM.
  • Mark Teahen: $3.85MM. Royals: $3.05MM. Diff: $800K.
  • Corey Hart: $3.8MM. Brewers: $2.7MM. Diff: $1.1MM.
  • Mike Jacobs: $3.8MM. Royals: $2.75MM. Diff: $1.05MM.
  • Paul Maholm: $3.8MM. Pirates: $2.65MM. Diff: $1.15MM.
  • Nate McLouth: $3.8MM. Pirates: $2.75MM. Diff: $1.05MM.
  • Andre Ethier: $3.75MM. Dodgers: $2.65MM. Diff: $1.1MM.
  • Edwin Encarnacion: $3.7MM. Reds: $2.55MM. Diff: $1.15MM.
  • Conor Jackson: $3.65MM. D’Backs: $2.45MM. Diff: $1.2MM.
  • Josh Willingham: $3.6MM. Nationals: $2.55MM. Diff: $1.05MM.
  • Scott Olsen: $3.5MM. Nationals: $2.5MM. Diff: $1MM.
  • George Sherrill: $3.4MM. Orioles: $2.2MM. Diff: $1.2MM.
  • Rick Ankiel: $3.3MM. Cardinals: $2.35MM. Diff: $950K.
  • Kelly Johnson: $3.3MM. Braves: $2.35MM. Diff: $950K.
  • Casey Kotchman: $3.25MM. Braves: $2.475MM. Diff: $775K.
  • John Maine: $3MM. Mets: $2.2MM. Diff: $800K.
  • Wandy Rodriguez: $3MM. Astros: $2.25MM. Diff: $750K.
  • Rickie Weeks: $2.8MM. Brewers: $2MM. Diff: $800K.
  • Geoff Geary: $2.1MM. Astros: $1.425MM. Diff: $675K.
  • Brian Bannister: $2.025MM. Royals: $1.45MM. Diff: $575K.
  • Chad Durbin: $1.95MM. Phillies: $1.35MM. Diff: $600K.
  • Pedro Feliciano: $1.95MM. Mets: $1.35MM. Diff: $600K.
  • Matt Guerrier: $1.75MM. Twins: $1.2MM. Diff: $550K.
  • Brian Bruney: $1.55MM. Yankees: $1.1MM. Diff: $450K.
  • Brian Tallet: $1.3MM. Jays: $950K. Diff: $350K.
  • Shawn Camp: $950K. Jays: $700K. Diff: $250K.
  • Shawn Hill: $775K. Nationals: $500K. Diff: $275K.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.