In the coming days and weeks, teams and some of their most gifted players will begin discussing how much they should be paid for 2013—or in baseball terms, head to arbitration.
Arbitration is a time where those with more than three years of service time, but no more than six years—in nearly all instances—are eligible to debate their worth with their respective clubs. Often times we see teams and players coming to an agreement before having to present in front of a panel of arbiters.
For example, David Price and the Rays could have gone to arbitration, but Tampa Bay signed the left-hander a $10.1125 million contract to avoid arbitration instead. This type of an agreement, however, doesn’t always happen, and teams and players sometimes need a third party to help make a decision.
With teams and players exchanging figures relatively soon, let’s take a look at how much some of the top young stars in the game will get should they go to arbitration.
For those not referenced in the upcoming slides, please put the player’s name in the comments section below and we can discuss figures there.
*All contract figures and service time values were retrieved via Cot’s Contracts.*