Dodgers reach agreement with all 7 arb-eligibles

January 12th, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reached agreement with their seven arbitration-eligible players on Friday.
Reaching agreement were pitchers ($2.1 million), Josh Fields ($2.85 million) and ($710,000); utilitymen ($3.725 million) and Chris Taylor ($3.5 million); outfielder ($5 million); and shortstop ($4 million).
Friday was the deadline for unsigned arbitration-eligible players and their teams to exchange figures that would be used in a February hearing to determine their salary.
Although negotiations could have continued until those hearings, under the Dodgers' current regime the club has warned players they will go to a hearing and not negotiate after the exchange of figures. As it did on Friday, the strategy effectively results in settlements, perhaps because current president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman went 5-0 in hearings while with Tampa Bay.
During a hearing, a three-member arbitration panel weighs arguments from the player and team and selects one side's salary figure or the other.
Since the inception of salary arbitration 43 years ago, the Dodgers are 14-6 in cases decided by a hearing and 6-1 in their past seven cases dating to 1991. That includes the most recent hearings with Joe Beimel in 2007 and Eric Gagne in '04.
The last player to win a hearing against the Dodgers was Terry Adams in 2001. The club's first arbitration case was in 1975, when Ron Cey was awarded a salary of $56,000 instead of the club's submission of $47,000.
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