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Pirates Avoid Arbitration with Mercer, Kontos and Cole; Rivero will Go to Arbitration

Felipe Rivero is eligible for the first time this year. Photo Credit: David Hague
Pirates Avoid Arbitration with Mercer, Kontos and Cole; Rivero will Go to Arbitration
John Dreker

Today is the deadline for Major League teams and players to exchange arbitration figures. The Pittsburgh Pirates have four players who are eligible for salary arbitration this year. Gerrit Cole, Felipe Rivero, Jordy Mercer and George Kontos could all come to an agreement on a deal for 2018 before the deadline. If they don't, then the players and team will exchange salary figures. Once the deadline passes and figures have been exchanged, the two sides will head to an arbitration hearing.

Here are the projected arbitration prices according to MLB Trade Rumors:

Jordy Mercer – $6,500,000

Gerrit Cole – $7,500,000

Felipe Rivero – $3,100,000

George Kontos – $2,700,000

Mercer is in his third and final year of arbitration, while Cole and Kontos are second-year players, and Rivero ...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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