Big names sign deals ahead of arbitration deadline

Harper, Arenado, Britton, Keuchel among those to agree to contracts

January 12th, 2017

The deadline for arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures with their teams was Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

For any case that eventually goes to a hearing in February, a panel of arbitrators will decide between the two figures. Whichever is picked will be that player's salary for the 2017 season.

The deadline resulted in a flurry of agreements between clubs and its arbitration-eligible players. For players and owners who do not reach a deal by the deadline and end up exchanging salary figures, it doesn't mean a hearing will happen. The two sides still can negotiate a deal -- for one year or longer -- right up until the time of the hearing. Most work out something before then.

Some clubs employ what's called a "File and Trial" strategy, treating today's deadline as a hard one. These clubs cut off negotiations at that point, at least in regard to one-year agreements.

Generally, players gain arbitration eligibility after logging three years of Major League service time. They then go through the process for three years, until reaching free agency after six years of service. A select group of "Super Two" players who meet certain criteria gain eligibility after two-plus years of service and then have arbitration rights for four years.

Here are the players who so far have avoided arbitration by agreeing to contracts. All are for one year unless otherwise noted.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

ANGELS

• SS Danny Espinosa (third year): $5.425 million. More >

• OF (first year): $6.35 million. More >

ASTROS

• LHP (second year): $9.15 million. More >

• OF (first year): $1.1 million. More >

• OF (first year): $3.9 million. More >

ATHLETICS

• RHP (first year): $3.575 million. More >

• C (first year). More >

• RHP (first year). More >

BLUE JAYS

• INF (third year): $2.8875 million. More >

• OF (first year): $1.1625 million. More >

INDIANS

• RHP (first year*): $3.55 million. More >

• RHP Dan Otero (first year): $1.055 million. More >

• RHP Zach McAllister (second year): $1.825 million. More >

• RHP (second year): $7.35 million. More >

• RHP (third year): $4.6 million. More >

• RHP (first year): $4.6 million. More >

• OF (second year): $4.3 million. More >

MARINERS

• SS (second year): $6.2 million. More >

• LHP Drew Smyly (second year). More >

• OF (third year). More >

• 3B Danny Valencia (third year): $5.5 million. More >

• OF (second year): $4.85 million. More >

• LHP (first year). More >

• RHP (first year). More >

• RHP Nick Vincent (first year). More >

ORIOLES

• 3B (first year): $1.8 million. More >

• LHP T.J. McFarland (first year): $685,000. More >

• LHP Zach Britton (second year): $11.4 million. More >

• 3B Manny Machado (second year): $11.5 million. More >

• INF (first year). More >

• RHP Chris Tillman (third year). More >

RANGERS

• RHP Sam Dyson (first year): $3.52 million. More >

• RHP A.J. Griffin (second year): $2 million. More >

• C (second year): $1.95 million. More >

• RHP (second year): $975,000 More >

• RHP (first year): $2.1 million. More >

• LHP Jake Diekman (second year): $2.55 million. More >

• INF (first year): $1.005 million. More >

RAYS

• LHP (first year): $1.3 million. More >

• OF (first year): $2.975 million. More >

• INF (first year): $855,000. More >

• OF Corey Dickerson (first year): $3.025 million. More >

• RHP Brad Boxberger (first year): $1.6 million. More >

• RHP Alex Cobb (third year): $4.2 million. More >

• RHP Danny Farquhar (first year): $900,000. More >

• SS Brad Miller (first year): $3.57 million. More >

• RHP (first year): $3.21 million. More >

RED SOX

• SS (first year): $4.5 million. More >

• CF (first year): $3.6 million. More >

• RHP Joe Kelly (second year): $2.8 million. More >

• RHP (first year): $2.05 million. More >

• INF/OF (first year): $1.95 million. More >

• LHP (second year): $1.825 million. More >

• C (first year): $1.3 million. More >

ROYALS

• 1B (third year): $12.25 million. More >

TIGERS

• INF (second year): $1.3 million. More >

• RHP Alex Wilson (first year): $1.175 million. More >

• LHP (second year): $2.7 million. More >

• RHP (first year): $500,000. More >

• 3B Nick Castellanos (first year): $3 million. More >

• SS (second year): $4.1 million. More >

TWINS

• RHP (first year): $2.9 million. More >

• LHP (third year), $8 million. More >

• RHP (third year): $2.925 million. More >

• RHP (first year): $1.125 million. More >

WHITE SOX

• LHP Dan Jennings (first year): $1.4 million. More >

• 3B (third year): $12 million. More >

• RHP (third year): $5.9 million. More >

• RHP Jake Petricka (first year): $825,000. More >

• RHP Zach Putnam (first year): $1,117,500. More >

YANKEES

• SS Didi Gregorius (first year): $5.1 million. More >

• C (first year): $805,000. More >

• OF (first year). More >

• LHP Tommy Layne (first year). More >

• RHP (third year): $7.4 million. More >

• RHP (second year). More >

NATIONAL LEAGUE

BRAVES

• RHP (first year). More >

• LHP (first year). More >

BREWERS

• RHP (first year): $4.275 million. More >

• RHP (second year). More >

CARDINALS

• 1B Matt Adams (second year): $2.8 million. More >

• RHP (second year). More >

• LHP (first year). More >

CUBS

• RHP (third year): $15.6375 million. More >

• RHP (second year): $5.8 million. More >

• RHP (first year): $1.825 million. More >

D-BACKS

• C/OF Chris Herrmann (first year). More >

• LHP (second year). More >

• RHP (second year). More >

• INF Chris Owings (first year). More >

DODGERS

• C (second year): $5.5 million. More >

• LHP (first year): Avilan $1.5 million. More >

• RHP Josh Fields (first year): $1.05 million. More >

• LHP Alex Wood (first year): $2.8 million. More >

GIANTS

• 3B (first year): $1.4 million. More >

• LHP Will Smith (first year): $2.5 million. More >

• RHP (first year): $1.75 million. More >

• INF (third year): $4.2 million. More >

MARLINS

• RHP A.J. Ramos (second year): $6.55 million. More >

• OF (first year): $3.5 million. More >

• RHP Tom Koehler (second year): $5.75 million. More >

• SS (second year) $4.35 million. More >

• INF (first year): $1.7 million. More >

METS

• 1B (third year): $7.25 million. More >

• RHP Zack Wheeler (first year): $800,000. More >

• RHP (second year): $7.425 million. More >

• C (first year): $1.875 million. More >

• RHP Matt Harvey (second year): $5.125 million. More >

• RHP (first year): $4.05 million. More >

• RHP (third year): $7.75 million. More >

NATIONALS

• OF (second year): $13.625 million. More >

• 3B (first year): $5.8 million. More >

• RHP (first year): $4.3 million. More >

• C (second year): $4.2 million. More >

PADRES

• RHP (second year): $975,000. More >

• RHP (first year). More >

• LHP (first year). More >

• LHP Brad Hand (first year). More >

PHILLIES

• SS (second year): $4.35 million. More >

• RHP (third year): $4.2 million. More >

PIRATES

• RHP (first year): $2.3 million. More >

• RHP Jared Hughes (second year): $2.825 million. More >

• SS (second year): $4.325 million. More >

• RHP (first year): $3.75 million. More >

• RHP (third year): $3.65 million. More >

REDS

• OF (first year): $2.625 million. More >

• RHP (second year): $1.275 million. More >

• RHP (second year): $1.275 million. More >

• LHP Tony Cingrani (first year): $1.825 million. More >

ROCKIES

• 3B (first year): two years, $29.5 million. More >

• OF Charlie Blackmon (second year). More >

• RHP (third year). More >