DENVER -- The Rockies have tendered 2018 contract offers to all five of their arbitration-eligible players, including center fielder Charlie Blackmon and second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who head into their final year of arbitration.The other three -- right-handed starting pitcher Chad Bettis and lefty relievers Chris Rusin and Zachary Rosscup
DENVER -- The Rockies have tendered 2018 contract offers to all five of their arbitration-eligible players, including center fielder Charlie Blackmon and second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who head into their final year of arbitration.
The other three -- right-handed starting pitcher Chad Bettis and lefty relievers Chris Rusin and Zachary Rosscup -- are in their first year of arbitration.
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MLB Trade Rumors projects arbitration-eligible players' salaries based on its mathematical model, and the site projects LeMahieu, the 2016 National League batting champ, to earn $8.8 million in 2018 through the arbitration process, and Blackmon, the 2017 NL batting champ, to receive $13.4 million.
Bettis, who returned in August from a bout with testicular cancer and is considered a rotation leader, is projected at $1.5 million, and Rusin, who finished second in the Majors in innings pitched among relievers with 85, is projected at $1.4 million. Rosscup, who was acquired in a trade with the Cubs on June 26 and split the rest of the year between Triple-A Albuquerque and the Rockies, is projected at $600,000.
Players have a Jan. 9 deadline for filing for arbitration, and the deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration figures is Jan. 12, although the two sides can work out agreements before then.
If teams and players don't reach agreements at the time of the exchange, hearings will be scheduled between Jan. 29 and Feb. 16. Cases will be heard in Phoenix.
The rules allow for agreements to be negotiated and reached between the exchange dates and when a hearing occurs. The Rockies have had just four arbitration hearings in their history, the last being catcher Wilin Rosario in 2015. LeMahieu was scheduled for a hearing before the 2016 season, but he came to terms on a two-year, $7.8 million contract just before the hearing started.
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