The Pittsburgh Pirates and Garrett Jones went to an arbitration hearing today, which was a bit of a surprise considering the two sides were just $250 K apart. Jones filed for a $2.5 M salary as a Super Two player, while the Pirates filed for $2.25 M. The close proximity of the salaries raises the question: why didn't the two sides come to a deal in the middle?
The situation really comes down to risk. There's very little involved for either side if they go to arbitration and lose, as opposed to finding the middle ground. Jones is guaranteed at least $2.25 M. The Pirates can pay no more than $2.5 M. That's the worst case scenario for each side. Rather than playing it safe and going for the middle ground, it looks like the two sides decided to take the risk.
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