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First Pitch: The Final Day the Pirates Will Negotiate With Arbitration Eligible Players

Tony Watson is projected to receive $5.9 M in arbitration. Photo Credit: David Hague
First Pitch: The Final Day the Pirates Will Negotiate With Arbitration Eligible Players

*The deadline for teams to exchange arbitration figures with arbitration eligible players is today at 1:00 PM EST. Teams and arbitration eligible players can still negotiate up to the arbitration hearing to try and strike a deal. However, for the Pirates, today's 1:00 deadline might as well be the deadline for negotiations.

Over the past few years, the Pirates have been one of the "file and trial" clubs in baseball. What this means is that once the team and the player exchange their figures tomorrow, the Pirates will go to arbitration and argue for their figure. The goal prior to the deadline will be to avoid arbitration by reaching a deal.

It's hard to say the impact of the "file and trial" approach, but some of the theories are that it can put pressure on the players to submit a fi...

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