One thing I've learned since joining this site is more about arbitration and team control. I have always wondered why Piazza was traded. Did it have something to do with him being eligible for free agency? I was looking at his years on baseball-reference and it looks like he would have been up.
|1993||24||Los Angeles Dodgers||$126,000||USA Today|
|1994||25||Los Angeles Dodgers||$600,000||1996 Joint Exhibit 1|
|1995||26||Los Angeles Dodgers||$900,000||1996 Joint Exhibit 1|
|1996||27||Los Angeles Dodgers||$2,700,000||1996 Joint Exhibit 1|
|1997||28||Los Angeles Dodgers||$7,000,000||1997 AP survey|
|1998||29||Los Angeles Dodgers||$8,000,000||4/3/98 USA Today|
One thing I don't understand though is how he made 600k his second year. Kershaw is in his 3rd year and going for less than that.