Ring: Let’s fix MLB’s salary arbitration system

From Sheryl Ring at FanGraphs on January 16, 2019:

Arbitration season is upon us. This winter, Mookie Betts’ contract set a record for a second-time arbitration-eligible player after agreeing to a $20 million deal with the Boston Red Sox to avoid arbitration. NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom set some records of his own with his $17 million agreement with the Mets. But other players didn’t fare as well. Aaron Nola and the Phillies were over $2 million apart; a smaller but still significant gap exists between the Yankees and Luis Severino. We’ve talked before about the problems inherent in the current system of salary arbitration for major league baseball players. With a growing number of cases going to arbitrators, and with those cases proving to be seemingly quite contentious, I thought it would be useful to explore solutions to an increasingly thorny problem. This piece will serve as a refresher of the basics; we’ll offer some fixes in the days to come.

Read the full article here: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/lets-fix-mlbs-salary-arbitration-system-introduction/

Originally published: January 17, 2019. Last Updated: January 17, 2019.