The Dodgers renewed Bellinger’s salary at $605,000 in 2019, when he lacked sufficient service time to qualify for arbitration. As an MVP who previously was NL Rookie of the Year, Bellinger could seek a salary in excess of Kris Bryant’s $10.85 million in 2018, the record for a first-time arbitration-eligible player.
Baseball Prospectus, in projections by Cot’s, assigns an $11 million salary to Bellinger for 2020.
Although Friday is mandated only for the exchange of figures, the Dodgers under president Andrew Friedman have also used that date as an arbitrary cutoff for negotiations. If no agreement is reached by then, the club has informed players in recent years that the case goes to a hearing, with a panel of arbitrators selecting one number or the other and nothing in between.
That file-and-trial strategy effectively results in pre-deadline settlements, perhaps because Friedman went 5-0 in hearings while with Tampa Bay.