On Tuesday, 146 players filed for salary arbitration, marking the first step in the arbitration process. Players and teams will negotiate salary figures on Friday. If they cannot come to an agreement, the player's 2014 salary will be determined by an three-person arbitration hearing between February 1 and February 20.
Of the players, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, and David Price are the biggest standouts. MLBTR (check out the arbitration tool) expects Price and Scherzer to each reach over $13 million in arbitration. Kershaw, however, is expected to reach an agreement of $18.25 million. If these three pitchers were to hit the open market, you could expect much more than their projected salaries. Since they have exclusive negotiating rights with their team, it definitely sucks some of the value out of their contracts.
Having many players go through arbitration came sometimes be tough for small-market teams. This is why these teams attempt to trade or re-sign players that are eligible for arbitration, so that they are able to get something in return (either prospects or a long-term deal). This is why Tampa Bay was interested in dealing David Price and Detroit interested in trading Max Scherzer.
Other names to watch in the arbitration process are:
View all 146 players here.