Going through arbitration is probably the most difficult process as a front office and player. Both sides—the player reps and the team—present two figures and then argue to a third party why they think the player should earn that amount.
The team is forced to argue negatives about the player under team control, making the point that he should earn less than he thinks he is owed. When the player is there, it can cool relations already hit by going through arbitration.
The arbitration process began this week and will likely continue for the next several weeks if teams cannot come to an agreement.
Let's take a look at 10 potentially awkward arbitration cases for teams.