Today was the deadline for players and teams to exchange salary figures with all arbitration-eligible players:
By 1 p.m. ET on Friday, teams were required to exchange salary figures with all of their remaining arbitration-eligible players. But the significance of that deadline varies depending on the club.
For many, it’s simply a landmark in the negotiation process. For others, who employ a strategy known as “file and trial” or “file to go,” the meaning is much more concrete. Once figures are exchanged, they cut off settlement talks — at least for one-year deals — and take their chances with an arbitration hearing.
The Reds are one of these “file and trial” clubs. And for the first time since 2001, they will be going to arbitration hearings with multiple players:
After avoiding arbitration with every eligible player at the deadline a year ago, the Cincinnati Reds weren’t able to replicate that success rate for 2018. The Reds struck deals with three players – Billy Hamilton, Anthony DeSclafani and Michael Lorenzen – but will go to arb hearings next month to determine the salaries for Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez.
The idea is to spur settlements ahead of time, like the ones reached with Hamilton, DeSclafani and Lorenzen. Hamilton settled for $4.6 million, DeSclafani for $860,000 and Lorenzen for $1.3125 million, according to sources.
Go read the rest of Zach Buchanan’s piece, as he has a lot more information about the Reds approach to arbitration this year. As it turns out, the Reds aren’t far apart with either Suarez or Gennett, in terms of salary figures.
Eugenio Suarez filed for $4.2 million, Reds countered at $3.75 million, per a source.
— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) January 13, 2018
scooter gennett files at $5.7M, reds at $5.1M
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 12, 2018
Cincinnati won’t bargain with either player on a one-year contract, but they can continue to explore multi-year deals. Mark me down as hoping the Reds are able to lock up Suarez to a long-term contract. Since this is Suarez’s first time in arbitration (it is Gennett’s second arb year), however, the Reds may choose to wait and see how things play out in 2018.
But here’s my advice for GM Dick Williams regarding Eugenio Suarez:
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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