2015 MLB salary arbitration tracker

Of the 175 players to file for salary arbitration on January 13, 74 exchanged salary figures with teams on January 16. Among those exchanging figures were Mat Latos of the Miami Marlins, Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds, and Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets. As of the evening of January 16, 55 arbitration-eligible players remained without contracts for 2015.

Players and clubs are still allowed to negotiate on a contract, even after the swap of salary figures. But if the two sides can’t agree on a salary, an arbitration hearing will be scheduled for some time between Feb. 1-20 in Phoenix.

In such a hearing, both sides will present their case to a three-person arbitration panel, who will ultimately pick one salary from the numbers filed Friday, with no in between. In 2014, there were three salary arbitration hearings, with the owners prevailing in two of the cases. In 2013, there were no hearings, the first time that happened in the history of the arbitration process, which began in 1974.

Clubs such as the Tampa Bay Rays, Marlins, and Atlanta Braves employ a strategy of “file and trial.” This means that if the two sides can’t agree on a contract before the deadline to swap salary figures, the club will stop negotiating, instead preparing for an arbitration hearing.

The Rays reached settlements with all eight of their players eligible for salary arbitration on Friday, while the Braves reached agreement with one their two eligible players, signing pitcher James Russell. Starting pitcher Mike Minor filed for a salary of $ 5.6 million in 2015, while Atlanta countered at $ 5.1 million. The Braves haven’t had an arbitration hearing since 2001.

The largest gap between player and team is Steve Pearce, the journeyman who enjoyed a career year with the Orioles in 2014, hitting .293/.373/.556 with 21 home runs in only 102 games. He asked for $ 5.4 million, while the O’s countered at $ 2 million. Both are significant raises over the $ 700,000 he received last year. Pearce and the Orioles ultimately settled at the midpoint of $ 3.7 million for 2015.

Here is the full list of major league players to exchange salary figures with their teams on Friday.

Player Team Player filed Team filed Midpoint 2015 contract
Mat Latos Marlins $ 10.4 million $ 9.4 million $ 9.9 million (team)* $ 9.4 million
Dexter Fowler Cubs $ 10.8 million $ 8.5 million $ 9.65 million $ 9.5 million
Bud Norris Orioles $ 10.25 million $ 7.5 million $ 8.875 million $ 8.8 million
Neil Walker Pirates $ 9 million $ 8 million $ 8.5 million
Tyler Clippard Athletics $ 8.85 million $ 7.775 million $ 8.3125 million
Daniel Murphy Mets $ 8.6 million $ 7.4 million $ 8 million $ 8 million
Greg Holland Royals $ 9 million $ 6.65 million $ 7.825 million
Aroldis Chapman Reds $ 8.7 million $ 6.65 million $ 7.675 million
David Freese Angels $ 7.6 million $ 5.25 million $ 6.425 million $ 6.425 million
Mark Trumbo Diamondbacks $ 6.9 million $ 5.3 million $ 6.1 million
Eric Hosmer Royals $ 6.7 million $ 4.6 million $ 5.65 million
Pedro Alvarez Pirates $ 5.75 million $ 5.25 million $ 5.5 million
Mike Minor Braves $ 5.6 million $ 5.1 million $ 5.35 million
Alejandro De Aza Orioles $ 5.65 million $ 5 million $ 5.325 million
Addison Reed Diamondbacks $ 5.6 million $ 4.7 million $ 5.15 million
Josh Donaldson Blue Jays $ 5.75 million $ 4.3 million $ 5.025 million
Todd Frazier Reds $ 5.7 million $ 3.9 million $ 4.8 million
Casey McGehee Giants $ 5.4 million $ 4 million $ 4.7 million
Matt Joyce Angels $ 5.2 million $ 4.2 million $ 4.7 million
Jon Jay Cardinals $ 5 million $ 4.1 million $ 4.55 million
Lucas Duda Mets $ 4.7 million $ 3.75 million $ 4.225 million $ 4.2 million
Wade Miley Red Sox $ 4.3 million $ 3.4 million $ 3.85 million 3 years, $ 19.25 million
Brandon Belt Giants $ 4.5 million $ 3 million $ 3.75 million $ 3.6 million
Steve Pearce Orioles $ 5.4 million $ 2 million $ 3.7 million $ 3.7 million
Gregor Blanco Giants $ 4 million $ 3 million $ 3.65 million 2 years, $ 7.5 million
Miguel Gonzalez Orioles $ 3.95 million $ 2.5 million $ 3.225 million $ 3.275 million
Zach Britton Orioles $ 4.2 million $ 2.2 million $ 3.2 million $ 3.2 million
Brandon Crawford Giants $ 3.95 million $ 2.4 million $ 3.175 million $ 3.175 million
Garrett Richards Angels $ 3.8 million $ 2.4 million $ 3.1 million $ 3.2 million
Mitch Moreland Rangers $ 3.35 million $ 2.75 million $ 3.05 million $ 2.95 million
Wilin Rosario Rockies $ 3.3 million $ 2.8 million $ 3.05 million
Devin Mesoraco Reds $ 3.6 million $ 2.45 million $ 3.025 million 4 years, $ 28 million
Lorenzo Cain Royals $ 3.6 million $ 2 million $ 2.8 million $ 2.725 million
Brian Duensing Twins $ 3.1 million $ 2.4 million $ 2.75 million $ 2.7 million
Jenrry Mejia Mets $ 3 million $ 2.1 million $ 2.55 million $ 2.595 million
Pedro Strop Cubs $ 3 million $ 2 million $ 2.5 million $ 2.525 million
Michael Dunn Marlins $ 2.6 million $ 2.355 million $ 2.4775 million
Mike Moustakas Royals $ 3.1 million $ 1.85 million $ 2.475 million $ 2.64 million
Danny Duffy Royals $ 3 million $ 1.75 million $ 2.375 million
Jerry Blevins Nationals $ 2.4 million $ 2.2 million $ 2.3 million
Vance Worley Pirates $ 2.45 million $ 2 million $ 2.225 million
Tom Wilhelmsen Mariners $ 2.2 million $ 1.4 million $ 1.8 million
Daniel Nava Red Sox $ 2.25 million $ 1.3 million $ 1.775 million $ 1.85 million
Al Alburquerque Tigers $ 2.05 million $ 1.375 million $ 1.7125 million $ 1.725 million
David Phelps Marlins $ 1.875 million $ 1.4 million $ 1.6375 million
Jordan Schafer Twins $ 1.7 million $ 1.4 million $ 1.55 million $ 1.55 million
Kelvin Herrera Royals $ 1.9 million $ 1.15 million $ 1.525 million
Danny Valencia Blue Jays $ 1.675 million $ 1.25 million $ 1.4625 million
Jarrod Parker Athletics $ 1.7 million $ 850,000 $ 1.275 million
Jarrod Dyson Royals $ 1.6 million $ 900,000 $ 1.25 million $ 1.225 million
Adam Ottavino Rockies $ 1.475 million $ 1 million $ 1.2375 million $ 1.3 million
Ryan Flaherty Orioles $ 1.5 million $ 900,000 $ 1.2 million $ 1.075 million
Eric Sogard Athletics $ 1.425 million $ 900,000 $ 1.1625 million $ 1.075 million
Marwin Gonzalez Astros $ 1.4 million $ 900,000 $ 1.15 million $ 1.0625 million
Fernando Abad Athletics $ 1.225 million $ 850,000 $ 1.0375 million $ 1.0875 million
*went to hearing
Click on player names for further details. Hat tip to MLB Trade Rumors for filling in some of the gaps.

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