The first salary arbitration ruling for 2010 is now in the books as Corey Hart has won his case over the Milwaukee Brewers. Arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, John Sands and Sylvia Skrate heard the case, and in siding with Hart, he will receive his $4.8 million asking salary over the Brewers’ $4.15 million. His 2010 salary will be a 48 percent increase from the $3.25 million he earned in 2009. Agent, Jeff Barry, presented for Hart while Teddy Werner presented for the Brewers. It was the first salary arbitration hearing for the club in 12 years.
With the ruling on Hart, there are 11 players left in salary arbitration. Tim Lincecum is scheduled to have his hearing today.
Hart’s win is a bit of a surprise to those that monitor salary arbitration in Major League Baseball. He only played in 115 games and had 472 plate appearances in 2009, compared to the 157 and 657 PAs in 2008. His slash line was unimpressive as well, going .260/.335/.418 with 12 HRs, 48 RBIs, and 109 hits. Moreover, his filing figure of $4.8 million was the second highest of all outfielders with 4 years of service time behind only Shane Victorino.
With the ruling, clubs have won 280 cases to the players 208 wins since the process began in 1974.
See the arbitration scorecard for a complete history of each ruling.
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