'Tis the season for hard bargaining in Major League Baseball. A handful of players filed for arbitration on Friday, including several players with considerable star power.
Among the notables is San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley, who filed for over $10 million following his breakout year in 2012. Also looking for significant pay raises are San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo and Cincinnati Reds right-handers Mat Latos and Homer Bailey.
The arbitration process will now run its course for these players and the other big-namers who filed last week. The trick will be to find an agreeable middle point between what the players filed for and what their teams filed for, but some lucky ones may walk away with long-term extensions instead.
With my crystal ball in hand, here are predictions for what 10 big-name players are going to end up with.