rxdrugstore phentermine pills fungsi metronidazol cialis india prilosec otc ingredients cialis nabp certified online pharmacy allegra coupons printable antibiotics without a script terramycin for cats where to buy nautisol 5mg hydrocodone aspirin overdose effects proscar medication uses nootropil side effects depakote er 250mg kenacomb ointment used for duetact medication list viagra cialis levitra diclofenac 75mg treatment vasotec medication picture bootleg viagra for sale in toronto viamax golds gym new primatene mist release date atacand without a precsrition nebivolol 5 mg sotalol medication taking fluconazole 150mg side effects pharmacies in india no prescription isotretinoin online no prescription abilify medication dosage domperidone maleate stilnox 10mg side effects 100mg doxycycline tablets from india canadian drugs overnight pharmacy support team valerie briggs nz viagra on sale in usa eszopiclone vs zolpidem 10mg linfocitos atipicos buy ventolin inhaler viagra lowest price canada levoxyl medication generic phentermine adipex 37.5 mg renova cream side effects cipro 500 mg no script 5mg cialis review zyvoxid dosey wellbutrin online tegretol and pregnancy v v iiaagra epharmacy online auctions zyvox package insert where can you buy zenerx at walmart levaquin lawsuit 2015 meclizine hydrochloride 12.5 mg lialda side effects liver prednisone dosage for kids can you order propecia online nolvadex pct reviews morphine band videos thuoc renapril 5mg ambien clonidine medication for sleep permethrin side effects in cats tizanidine side effects depression diclofenac sodium 50mg dosage canadian pharmacies no script dynamogen syrupy levitra vs cialis vs viagra cost neurontin gabapentin order azithromycin 250 mg kamatra sumatra vicodin side effects hydrocodone viagra cialis levitra combo packs buy brand lexapro ampicillin 500mg capsules for acne fluconazole 100mg dosage best cialis price 2 imiquimod cream and side effectsimitrex synthroid without script diazepam 2mg inderal dosage for tremor viagra generico online sicuro cialis 20mg lilly suprax medication for arthritis can you take 2 10mg cialis arthritis medication meloxicam ditropan side effects in children olanzapine medication dangers india drugs without scripts zyprexa for anxiety withdrawal canadian online pharmacy ambien omifin 50 mg best generic viagra visa only acquisto viagra generico buy generic viagra online pharmacy z pack dosing schedule nexium over the counter cost oxybutynin medication patch amantadina clorhidrato de loperamida online thailand pharmacy liposafe ingredients in benadryl online 200 mg zovirax lamictal rash picture lamotrigine staxyn 10mg walmart acyclovir for shingles in children bulk cialas budesonide nebulizer ventolin hfa 90 mcg inhaler coupon doxazosin lawsuit altace blood pressure medicine side effects nuvigil side effects medication duphaston et douleurs poitrine where to buy arimidex antibiotics overnight shipping usa buy robaxin no prescription types of viagra for men dikloron tablet rabeprazole generic price best pheromones for women to attract men colchicine dosage for acute gout sildenafil 100mg med ativan vs xanax vs valium vs klonopin flomax pay w mastercard ativan withdrawal how long does it last mg brand name isoniazid 300mg and dizziness order lasixcheap valium dosage for muscle spasms software house international jobs the best cialis clone non prescription pharmacy allpills complaints definition panax brand and generic clomid buy online uk primatene mist inhaler for sale canada lamictal withdrawal symptoms itching oxybutynin hydrochloride amiloride hydrochlorothiazide dosage amantadina clorfenamina paracetamol para que sirve oxazepam 15mg cap suhaagraat scene baclofen side effects 10mg salbutamol ventolin syrup for infants viagra online canada pharmacy discount code buying prescription drugs in mexico buy frumil tablets cataflam tablets dosage ciprofloxacin hcl 500 mg estradiol and weight gain/men power pill viagra levofloxacin hydrochloride side effects viagra kostenlos kaufen viagra and cialis on line relafen 500 mg tabs where can i get alli albendazole for dogs dosage farmacias en canada ciproglen 500 synthroid side effects medication mayo clinic perlutex 5 mg tablets buy online prescription viagra benazepril 20mg tab ethex adderall withdrawal length 100mg cialis to buy in uk lotemax eye drops side effects crestor medication dose side effects benemid medication femara generics thyroxine binding globulin high zanaflex side effects blood pressure amermycin 100mg to g bactrim for purchase ceftin side effects nausea wirkstoffe von sotalex mite cytotec medicinescytoxan mometasone furoate cream 0.1 over the counter coupons for eszopiclone generic chloroquine phosphate cost paypal acquisti viagra viamedic medications zentel tablets lergigan 25mg ephedrine tinidazole vs metronidazole viamedic com veterans today viagra generic walmart obetrol medications thalidomide victims of canada frumil diuretic tea tryptizol information assurance octreotide infusion parcopa carbidopa levodopa warning what is acivir cream buy silagra india rogaine side effects rogaine for women brand cialis without a prescription imovane side effects medicine crestor at walmart buy the blue pill canada kosovarja gazeta shqiptare tirana chat link wow fanegada wikipedia walgreens pharmacy employment what is stranger than flagyl most trusted viagra sites how much is generic lexapro cialis price bangkok 194 buy generic viagra online canada cytotec en francia aciphex generic names glucophage weight loss side effects mavidol tr zoloft withdrawal symptoms drug named brand viagra advantage chevrolet bolingbrook service coupons xlpharmacy reviewsxylocaine atrovent hfa inhaler side effects buy oxycontin mexico pharmacy hydrocodone 5 500 street value buy cat antibiotics online apetamin cyproheptadine lysine & vitamins syrup 200ml reviewaprovel buy clonidine no prescription metrogel vaginal gel reviews picareta server minecraft order diovan on line buy viagra boots ciprofloxacin no prescription hcl mexican medications online clonidine side effects medication pasangma versus viagra viagra 50mg pills amazon probenecid and penicillin drug interaction generic cialis vs real cialis nolvadex uk paypal where to buy abortion pill online clomid pregnancy success best place to buy brand viagra online amikacin sulfate drug study tricor side effects doctor pfizer animal health cattle vaccines temovate 0.05 viagra brand name xeloda patient assistance farmacias online sin receta augmentin cod finistride 1mg uk no prescription inhalers no prescription ornidazole tablets capsules terbinafine hydrochloride cream 1 for ringworm mobicox tabletas electronicas buy sporanox no prescription betnovate online retin a cream 0.05 side effects zithromax gonorrhea dosage how much does cialis cost at walgreens ketorolac tromethamine side effects ropinirole 1 mg tab her mercilon pil perancang atacand 16 mg buy online can you get zoloft over the counter amantadina 100 mg topamax weight loss topiramate phentermine voltaren side effects can you take ceftin for uti zyprexa for anxiety attack xalatan generic name enzyte reviews buy gold brand dyazide cialis comprar xylocaine jelly 2 indications xlpharmacy scamp cabgolin 0 25th singulair 10mg montelukast picture pergotime 50 mg zoloft cialis 5 mg daily dose stone worktops vgr 100 medication vagara conferencevagiral glipizide er 10mg tab neurontin and weight gain or loss betneval pommade cicatrisante black cialis oracea 40 mg canadian doxycycline prices buy combivent respimat out of country lasuna jewelry boxes feldene medication for dogs getting viagra over the counter anxiety definition fear generic viagra for women zyprexa and weight gain patients apotik penjual cytotec jakarta cialis daily use cheap xanax addiction side effects to the brain morphine withdrawal treatment sustiva copay assistance cheap prescription pills online meloxicam high erowid parcopa orally disintegrating medicationparietparlodel bactrim ds dosage for dogs sildenafil brands in india amlodipine besylate 5mg what is it for ativan half life drug test brand cialis us pharmacy bactrim no prescription atacand side effects weight gain zoloft online without a prescription levitra with out prescription superdrugsaver in india probenecid and penicillin canadian no prescription drugs uti antibiotics online www healthy male viagra pregnant man thomas beatie divorce synthroid side effects synthroid dosage proscar side effects symptoms berifen 100 side effects why is levitra more expensive miglior sito per acquisto cialis benazepril 20mg tab brand name viagra no generic valtrex pills for sale viagra from india cialis professional pay by paypal 8 mg zofran purchase vosteran search engine indapamide 2.5mg overdose buy std meds online ranitidine side effects rash phentermine diet pills esomeprazole strontium package insert mentat tablets 50 thalidomide side effects multiple myeloma elimite lotion medication labetalol to metoprolol conversion linezolid costs kamagra chewable 100 mg in france recommended motrin dosage for children flomax for kidney stones dose what is vgr 100 pill drug levitra china sale canada pharmacy online orders elomet cream schering plough real online pharmacy cardizem la side effects medication atrovent side effects nebulizer buy wellbutrin no prescription viagra for sale on amazon drug brand names lantus vs levemir studies pharmacy drugs paypal rapharmacy reviews on apidexin ciales puerto rico pictures of beaches how to get cialis in canada prednisone canada achat cialis generique buy cipro from mexico lotemax gel coupon free or low cost cymbalta astelin nasal spray azelastine eye amphetamine salts 20mg street price sildenafil cream for men warfarin and alcohol coumadin buy spironolactone online uk peritol dermatitis of the scalp keflex dosage for bladder infection grathazon obat apa leconfield house curzon street viagra online miglior prezzo vmax viagra viagra regular zyvoxid dose market glucophage side effects medication motilium side effects drug fasigyn tablets buspirone 5mg tab viagra for men online buy doxycycline hyc cap 100mg buy accutane online canada benoquin skin whitening pills puretone hearing aids claremont intrathecal baclofen pump spasticity maxalt 10 mg tablet mexican pharmacies esquina tango austin texas orderpharma accutane reviews can i buy narcotics online atomoxetine brand name betacin capsules flonase side effects anxiety no prescription meds online paypal florinef acetate for dogs benoquin cream 20 monobenzone indocin 25mg capsules online drugstore acne medicine terbinafine 250mg for dogs buy arimidex autralian pharmacy prednisona dosis pediatrica mebendazole over the counter cenveo stock price history buy clomid paypal pulmicort flexhaler 90 mcg esomeprazole magnesium non prescription mebendazole side effects in dogs seroquel for anxiety and pain nautisol 5mg cialis low cost mexican pharmacies parlodel bromocriptine treatment tadalafil canadian pharmacy online albendazole side effects in children abilify patient assistance program application metformin side effects metformin weight loss nitrazepam side effects viagra online no prescription needed sifrol pramipexole treatment for ringworm propecia vs generic finasteride canadian family pharmacy reviews fake cialis how to tell inderal la 60mg diet pills with sibutramine for sale himcolin review drugstore online shopping citrate de betaine francais diovan generic date livial tibolone organon ivermectin for dogs with mange citrate toxicity transfusion reaction progynova and ivf substitute for albuterol for sale pramipexole 0.125 mg tablet buy workout equipment with echeck zithrogen 500 days combivent respimat price haloperidol dosage forms best online viagra no prescription usa pharmacy online viagra avelox generic date levitra 40 mg donde puedo comprar misoprostol en usa canadian pharmacies 24h mail order lotrel medication prices cat can cook banana muffins buy clozapine online no prescription online apotheke arthritis symptoms osteoarthritis cost for viagra prescription lexapro by mail caffeine overdose symptoms what to do betnovate cream no prescription uk israeli pharmacy cialis side effects of prazosin hcl 2mg capprecose clozaril side effects drooling tadarise 40 mg finasteride vs dutasteride price low cost sctos sureway henderson ky 42420 microcidal 125mg standardized bentyl dosage for dogs asthma inhaler non prescription insurance auto auctions oklahoma city printable prilosec otc coupons tramadol controlled substance 2013 software applications for human resources buy cheap motrin online vimax detox fincar finasteride 5mg lady viagra in india canadian pharmacy echeck ho to buy pyridium in canada how long does viagra last metrogel 1 reviews discount cialis 24 hour shipment misoprostol dosage for miscarriage ivermectin dosage for dogs with mange generic cialis uk lasix water pills euthyrox 25 prospect clonidine 0.2mg tab purepac sotret canada female viagra no prescription tegretol toxicity emedicine biorezonanta magnetica nuclearabisoprolol cardinal richelieu accomplishments neomedrol acne lotion reductil 15mg dose omaggio avocado oil cialis 5mg price with coupon walmart flagil no rx dyazide tablets buy tadalafil uk generic plavix what is lipothn fludrocortisone florinef for dogs avapro side effects irbesartan 300 citrato de sildenafilo marca generica erase tretinoin uk derm erase review buy aldactone online cheapest place to order cialis valium dosage for sleep omeprazole offshore buy brand viagra 100mg online ephedraxin informative speech free next day delivery viagra viagra pills cheapest pittsburgh
Home All Articles By the Numbers: Owners Now 5-0 in Salary Arbitration

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 815 guests online

Atom RSS

By the Numbers: Owners Now 5-0 in Salary Arbitration PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 2
PoorBest 
Articles & Opinion
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 10:20

 

Money and Baseball

 

A Look at How the Salary Arbitration Process Functions in Major League Baseball 

At this rate, the owners/clubs are on pace to set a record for their ability to win salary arbitration cases against the players, by way of hearing, than any point in history.

In five arbitration hearings, the clubs are still batting 1.000. Score? Owners 5, Players 0.

Yesterday saw SS Mark Loretta losing to the Astros, thereby guaranteeing a 12th consecutive year that management has won the salary arbitration battle. The last time the players won was 1996 when 10 cases were heard, with the players winning 7 to 3. The following is a breakdown of those that won that year:

  • Steve Avery (Braves) – Requested: $4.2M, Offered: $3.6M
  • Jeff Fassero (Expos) – Requested: $2.8M, Offered: $2M
  • Chuck Knoblauch (Twins) – Requested: $4.67M, Offered: $3.75M
  • Mark Lewis (Tigers) – Requested: $670K, Offered: $450K
  • Mike Stanton (Red Sox) – Requested: $1.75M, Offered: $1.2M
  • Rick Wilkins (Astros) – Requested: $1.55M, Offered: $1.25M
  • Bernie Williams (Yankees) – Requested: $3M, Offered: $2.555M

To date, management has won 279 cases to the players 203

(See the complete historical scorecard for MLB salary arbitration)

Today sees Ryan Howard go to hearing with the Phillies. The gap between club figure and player figure in this case ($3 million) represents the largest gap between figures for the salary arbitration class of 2008.

This past Saturday, Scott Lauber, who covers the Phillies, ran the first of three installments on the arbitration process for the Delaware News Journal, and asked me to comment about it.

Select Read More to see the rest of this analysis on salary arbitration

As reported on 2/16:

There are no indications that the Phillies are nearing an accord with Casey Close, Howard's Beverly Hills-based agent. So, barring an 11th-hour settlement next week, Howard's salary will be decided after a three-person panel of arbitrators listens to arguments from each side. And an army of Phillies fans, disguised as amateur psychologists, are wary of the effect a hearing may have on Howard's psyche.

"I don't care who you are, if your employer says that you aren't good at something, it's not going to be an enjoyable experience," said Maury Brown, a sports business analyst and founder of the Business of Sports Network.

[…]

Brown, who studies and tracks arbitration cases, said hearings can become so unpleasant that many settlements occur literally at the last minute, as the player, agent and team officials are walking into the room for the hearing.

Howard and the Phillies still may work out a one-year or multiyear contract. But it's believed that Howard and his family have asked for a richer deal than the seven-year, $85 million extension the Phillies gave to All-Star second baseman Chase Utley before last season. And the sides' $3 million difference of opinion over a 2008 salary is the largest of any player who filed for arbitration this year.

"That's not pocket change," Brown said. "Three million dollars is a decent middle reliever."

To clarify my statements, management isn’t really saying players “aren't good at something,” but rather saying they're not worth as much as the player is requesting. The player and his agent see the situation differently, of course, if matters have gotten to the stage of going all the way to hearing without reaching a contract agreement. Most often, agreements are reached beforehand due to the economics of the situation, rather than the unpleasant nature of the salary arbitration process. Like I said in the case of Howard, $3 million isn’t exactly chump change. Both sides have a lot to lose, depending on the outcome of the ruling by the arbitration panel.

Lauber then followed up with a blog posting on The News Journal, in which he adds:

Historically, owners have won 278 of 481 hearings (57.8 percent). But according to Maury Brown, a sports business analyst and founder of the Business of Sports Network, the owners never really win. Talked to Brown by phone yesterday, and he made the valid point that players get enormous raises even when they lose a hearing. For example, Wang made $489,500 last season. He will make $4 million in 2008.

This was, of course, posted before Loretta lost his case yesterday with the Astros, changing the overall scorecard to owners winning 279 of 482 cases (57.88 percent). In terms of the players winning even when losing, let’s look at the amounts that players that lost salary arbitration hearings this year were making last season, and what they will now make after “losing”. All of these players will gain significant amounts of cash compared to last season, with Mark Lorretta the exception. In his case, he’s going to make less than last season.

  • Felipe Lopez: Last season $3,900,000 Club figure: $4,900,000 – Raise (’08 salary): $1,000,000
  • Chien-Ming Wang: Last season $489,500 Club figure: $4,000,000 – Raise (’08 salary): $3,510,500
  • Jose Valverde: Last season $489,500 Club figure: $2,000,000 – Raise (’08 salary): $1,510,500
  • Brian Fuentes: Last season $3,525,000 Club figure: $5,050,000 – Raise (’08 salary): $1,525,000
  • Mark Lorretta: Last season $3,500,000 Club figure: $2,750,000 – Decrease from last season (’08 salary): $ 750,000

To add yet another article by Lauber, he followed up with an article Monday regarding the arbitration process, citing veteran Tom Gordon, who is now a reliever for Phillies:

Gordon recalled the Royals brought a representative to make their argument, so the negatives didn't come directly from a front-office member. It is likely the Phillies will do the same, especially after enlisting arbitration guru Tal Smith to help prepare their case.

Smith, a longtime Astros executive, has worked on more than 150 cases (he beat Barry Bonds twice in the '90s), and is known for his soft touch at the arbitration table. He often is able to state a case without getting too personal.

"I can only recall two or three [cases] where I thought there was any animosity," Smith said in a 2005 interview with Business of Sports Network. "To me, it's nothing more than an ongoing discussion or debate, the same as you would have in negotiations, except for the fact that it's being presented to a third party. It's not like you have to be derisive or castigate the player. I mean, the numbers are the numbers."

Maury Brown, a sports business analyst, said the arguments typically aren't bogged down by advanced baseball statistics. The Phillies won't dazzle the panel with Howard's "range factor." The arbitrators are selected by Major League Baseball and the players' association, and although Brown said they understand baseball, they hardly qualify as sabermetricians.

On the latter of my comments, it is this factor which brings in matters such as comparing salary figures and a player’s service time. For example, the Yankees made their case with Chien-Ming Wang  based, in part, on the fact that their offering figure was the highest arbitration figure ever for a pitcher with the amount of service time that Wang has (2.159 years). So, it is not all about player statistics, but rather a comparative process in which the amount of the salary figures can play a large part in which figure (player, or owner) is selected.

The psychology of the process is debatable. I would suggest that most players understand that salary arbitration is all part of the business, yet at the same time, feel a twinge of negativity when their employer (management) makes a case that they aren’t worth what the player is asking. After all, athletes at this level have been coddled and told that they are star material, many times, since they took up sports. The process goes straight to their egos. Somehow, I imagine, that with the majority of these players getting ready to enjoy substantial salary increases in their “loses”, the extra green will somehow lessen the blow to their egos.


Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is also an author for Baseball Prospectus, Basketball Prospectus and is an available as a freelance writer.

Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?