M’s Settle With Most Arbitration-Eligible Players

Five Seattle Mariners players were in the news over the weekend, settling on contracts for 2015 instead of going to salary arbitration.

This is that time of the off-season where players who have between three and five full years in the majors have the right to go to salary arbitration. They can’t become free agents yet, but they do get the ability to negotiate with their current team for market-rate salaries.

The Mariners had six players who were eligible for salary arbitration: Dustin Ackley, Charlie Furbush, Austin Jackson, Logan Morrison, Justin Ruggiano, and Tom Wilhelmsen.

Five of the six players came to an agreement and signed prior to the exchange of salary figures. Only Tom Wilhelmsen’s case is still open – and the Mariners can (and probably will) settle with him before actually beginning an arbitration hearing.

Arbitration exchanges and agreements end up in the baseball news cycle because there isn’t much going on at this time of year – but the proceedings are usually quite simple these days. A decade or two ago there used to be some contentious arbitration cases but nowadays nearly everything gets settled without a hearing.

Links:

  • Here’s a blog post from Ryan Divish which has the updated salaries for the Mariners arbitration-eligible players who signed.
  • Buster Olney ranked baseball’s top teams and has the Mariners No. 7 (ESPN Insider required).
  • Two ex-Rainiers have new jobs, we learn from Baseball America’s minor league transactions: catcher Brandon Bantz signed with the Miami Marlins, and pitcher Travis Blackley inked a deal with the SF Giants. Minor league contracts for both.
  • Former Rainiers infielder Luis Valbuena was traded by the Cubs to the Astros this morning. Valbuena was in jeopardy of losing his Cubs third base job to top prospect Kris Bryant, so this was probably a good trade for him.

Check back Wednesday when we preview the 2015 Tacoma Rainiers corner infielders.

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