MLB Arbitration: Who’s asking, offering how much

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros takes batting practice prior to Game 7 of the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros takes batting practice prior to Game 7 of the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Teams and players exchanged figures this week in the MLB arbitration process. Find out what player’s submitted and what their teams offered.

Nineteen players and their teams exchanged figures by the expiration of Wednesday’s MLB Arbitration noon deadline to do so.

Among those 19 cases, the widest difference exists between the Houston Astros and outfielder George Springer. Springer, an arbitration 4 case, is seeking $22.5 million. The Astros offered $17.5 million, $5 million less.

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In two other cases, the gaps exceeded $2 million. Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, an arbitration 3 case, filed seeking $12.4 million for 2020; the Phillies countered offering $10 million, a $2.4 million difference.

Ace Brewers closer Josh Hader, a first-year arbitration case, sought $6.4 million. The Brewers offered $4.1 million, a $2.3 million difference.

With four MLB arbitration cases going forward, the Dodgers have more than any other team. The most costly of them involves outfielder Joc Pederson, an arbitration 3 case who is seeking $9.5 million. The Dodgers set his value at $7.75 million, a $1.75 million difference.

The other Dodger cases include:

  • Max Muncy, arbitration 1, seeking $4.675; offered $4 million.
  • Chris Taylor, arbitration 2, seeking $5.8 million; offered $5.25 million.
  • Pedro Baez, arbitration 3, seeking $4 million, offered $3.5 million.

The cases will be heard in February by an arbitration panel, which is obligated under the Basic Agreement to select either the player’s or team’s figure. In the interim, players and teams may continue to negotiate, although several teams have a “file and trial’ policy that prohibits such negotiations once figures are exchanged.

The table below shows the figures exchanged in the 19 existing MLB arbitration cases. Earlier this month on this site I calculated the actual on-field values produced by hundreds of players; that value is also shown for the 16 players for whom it was calculated. The boldface type indicates which number – the player’s or the team’s – is closer to the player’s actual on-field value.  In 11 of the cases, the player’s request is closer; in five, the team’s offer is closer.

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Player, team                      Player figure      Team figure        Actual value

Jesus Aguilar, Mia             $ 2.575                   $2.325                   $ 6.484

Nick Ahmed, Ari                $ 6.950                   $6.600                   $ 6.300

Pedro Baez, LA                  $ 4.000                   $3.500

Andrew Benintendi, Bos $ 4.150                   $3.400                   $ 5.146

Jose Berrios, Min              $ 4.400                   $4.025                  $12.223

Archie Bradley, Ari           $ 4.100                   $3.625                   $ 4.852

Brian Goodwin, LAA        $ 2.200                   $1.850                   $ 6.077

Shane Green, Atl              $ 6.750                   $6.250                   $ 6.308

Josh Hader, Mil                 $ 6.400                   $4.100                   $ 7.341

Max Muncy, LA                 $ 4.675                   $4.000                   $ 8.987

Hector Neris, Phi              $ 5.200                   $4.250

Joc Pederson, LA              $ 9.500                   $7.750                   $ 8.883

J.T. Realmuto, Phi           $12.400                $10.000                   $  7.633

Eduardo Rodriguez, Bos$ 8.975                   $8.300                  $12.606

George Springer, Hou    $22.500                $17.500                  $10.468

Trevor Story, Col              $11.500               $10.750                   $ 7.548

Brent Suter, Mil               $   1.250                  $0.825

Chris Taylor, LA                $   5.800                  $5.250                   $ 6.796

Tony Wolters, Col            $  2.475                   $1.900                   $ 2.970