With today's salary arbitration filing date upon us, the Dodgers have five remaining players with at least three years of major league service time who have unresolved deals for 2015. Here is a look back at the Dodgers' last decade in the process of salary arbitration.
Kenley Jansen, A.J. Ellis, Justin Turner, Juan Nicasio and Chris Heisey are the ones who will file for salary arbitration later on Tuesday, that is if they don't reach a contract agreement first. After Tuesday's filing date comes Friday's exchange of salary figures, and if the two sides still can't reach agreement they will head to an arbitration hearing in Phoenix, to be scheduled some time between Feb. 1-20.
We have been tracking the Dodgers through the arbitration process dating back to 2009, but to go back a full 10 years a little more research was needed. Through old stories from the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and MLB.com (all linked below, when applicable), here are the Dodgers from 2005-2014 to at least file for salary arbitration.
|2014||Clayton Kershaw||5.105||Signed 7-year, $215m contract||$22,000,000*|
|2010||Matt Kemp||3.049||Signed 2-year, $10.95m contract||$4,000,000*|
|2005||Eric Gagne||4...||Signed 2-year, $19m contract||$8,000,000*|
|2005||Cesar Izturis||3.074||Signed 3-year, $9.9m contract||$2,350,000*|
|*part of multi-year contract (signing bonus included in first year)|
Outside of 2006, when nobody filed, the Dodgers have had at least two players file for salary arbitration each year, with a total of 30 for a nice, clean average of three per season.
Of those 30 arbitration filers, 18 (or 60 percent) reached an agreement on a contract before the same-week deadline to exchange salary figures.
Four of those 18 (22 percent) reached agreement on multi-year contracts, including Clayton Kershaw's record seven-year, $215 million deal last January.
Of the 12 players who exchanged salary figures with the Dodgers over the last 10 years, only Joe Beimel in 2007 failed to reach a contract agreement before an arbitration hearing. Beimel, who put up a solid 2.96 ERA in 62 games in relief in 2006 despite only 30 strikeouts in 70 innings - the third-most innings by a Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher with 30 or fewer strikeouts - asked for $1.25 million while the Dodgers countered at $912,500.
The Dodgers won that case.
"A lot of players get shaken up by this process, win or lose, but Joe was very mature about it," Beimel's agent Joe Sroba told Tony Jackson of the LA Daily News. "You never know how different someone is going to be wearing a suit instead of a uniform, especially given that this was his first time to go through this process. But Joe was very professional."
Of the 11 players who exchanged salary figures, two reached contracts at the exact midpoints of the two figures: Beimel one year later, in 2007, along with Scott Proctor that same year.
Of the remaining nine players who exchanged salary figures, eight settlements were reached under the midpoint, some with contract incentives to make up the difference, at least. Only closer Kenley Jansen, last year, reached a settlement at above his midpoint number, settling for $4.3 million after a $4.275 million midpoint.
Two of those settlements - Andre Ethier and Jonathan Broxton in 2010 - were two-year contracts with risk-deflated first-year salaries. The other 11 settlements averaged 97.96 percent of the midpoint number.
In other words, expect deals to be reached this week, and if not, for the eventual deals to settle somewhere close to the midpoint of both sides.