Six Pirates File For Arbitration

The MLB Players Association announced today that 146 players have filed for arbitration. That list includes all six Pirates who were eligible: Pedro Alvarez, Vin Mazzaro, Mark Melancon, Gaby Sanchez, Travis Snider, and Neil Walker. The process to file for arbitration is only a formality, and isn’t really significant. The significant move this week will be when the teams and players exchange figures on Friday.

Once the two sides exchange figures, a deal usually follows. The sides tend to meet somewhere in the middle. If they don’t meet in the middle, the two sides go to an arbitration hearing. In that hearing they each argue for their salary figure, and an arbiter decides which salary represents the player’s value. The Pirates have gone to arbitration with players in the past, although it is rare. The last player they took to arbitration was Garrett Jones in 2012, and they won the case. Teams try to¬†avoid arbitration, since it avoids a situation where you’re arguing that the value of a player isn’t as high as the player thinks it is. The eligible players are projected to make the following salaries, according to MLBTR:

Neil Walker – $4.8 M

Pedro Alvarez – $4 M

Mark Melancon – $3 M

Gaby Sanchez – $2.3 M

Travis Snider – $1.4 M

Vin Mazzaro – $800 K

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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