A note from the author… They say, better late than never, but I’ve never believed in that. This data should have been published long ago (after all, salary arbitration is completed near the end of February). In years past I’ve had assistance in doing the work, but I’ve always felt badly about the hard work that these interns have put in without compensation. Therefore, this year was 100% on my own shoulders, and with it, the release date was somewhat delayed. This is a poor excuse. I do this work to allow researchers to use it, and I know that if this had been out earlier some great articles could have surfaced. Still, it will be used next year… and the year after… and the year after… Finally, I believe that with some assistance, a completed salary arbitration database will be coming soon that will see not only all my historical salary arb research rolled into it, but the critical player stats and positions that go with them. This, I believe, will create the very first free and public comping database for salary arbitration. Once again, thank you for your patience and download at your leisure. – Maury Brown
The Biz of Baseball has been updated with new data…
As has been the case since we’ve launched, each year we spend a great deal of time focusing on salary arbitration in Major League Baseball. We’re providing a spreadsheet with a large amount of data found nowhere else to use.
This year saw 180 players that were eligible, 146 that filed for salary arbitration, 38 players exchange asking figures with their respective club offering numbers, and three salary arbitration hearings.
Other points of interest:
- A total of $548,005,389 was spent on the 180 players for the upcoming season, and increase of 88 percent from the 2013 salaries of $290,908,197 for the same players.
- Total contract dollars that included multi-year extensions for the 180 came to a staggering $1,115,827,876. Going back over available information, it is believed that 2014 is the first time that over $1 billion was allocated to salary arbitration players
- The Dodgers NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw had largest total contract with his 7-year, $215 million contract.
- The largest increase in salary from 2013 to 2014 came to the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton who in his first year of salary arbitration saw an increase of 1110.43% (2013 salary was $537,000 while 2014 will be $6.5 million
- There were a total of 14 Super Twos this year (Steve Cishek, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Tyson Ross, Ben Revere, Jake McGee, Jose Lobaton, Juan Nicasio, Eric Hosmer, Al Alburquerque, Andy Dirks, Trevor Plouffe, Dayan Viciedo, and Tyler Flowers)
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The following data is provided with the following for each player:
- Service Time
- Was player a Super 2?
- Class (number of times player has been in salary arb)
- Whether they filed for arbitration
- (If figures exchanged) Player asking figure
- (If figures exchanged) Club offering figure
- The midpoint between ask and offer
- The spread between ask and offer
- 2013 salary
- Percentage of increase/decrease from ’13-‘14
- If player/club exchanged figures, the amount above mid settlement reached
- Each salary figure for years after 2013 if player and club had extension
- Total contract dollars
- Average Annual Value
- Did the multi have option years within it?
Key to the table regarding colored cells
- Green cells in the “Signed” column show the number of players that reached agreements on the day before salary figures exchanged.
- Midpoint cells highlighted tan show that it was a midpoint deal.
- Midpoint cells highlighted in red show that agreement was reached below the midpoint
- Midpoint cells highlighted in green show that the agreement was reached above the midpoint.
- Red cells show that there was a minor league salary the year prior that was unavailable or that the player did not play in 2013.
- The cell in black shows that the player will earn less in 2014 than in 2013.
- Hearing cells highlighted blue show that the player won his hearing
- Hearing cells highlighted yellow show that the club won the hearing
- Note that total salary value that has option years with a buyout will have the buyout amount as the total while the option year is not calculated in. Option year values are shown in the notes.
- The notes field also has bonus info or other data of interest.
Detailed Salary Data for 160 MLB Salary Arbitration Players in 2013
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