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Six Pittsburgh Pirates File for Arbitration

January 15th, 2014 at 5:23 PM
By Allan Smith

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Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, Mark Melancon, Vin Mazzaro, Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider all filed for salary arbitration according to a list put out by the Major League Baseball Player's Association.

Each player and his representative will exchange salary figures with Pirates representatives on Friday. Arbitration hearings will begin on Feb 1, yet the player can negotiate a new contract with the club at any time prior to the hearing. These cases rarely make it to arbitration, although they do seem to happen more often involving Pirates players than other teams. If any of these cases do go before a panel of arbitrators, it creates the awkward circumstance of the Pirates having to argue why a player deserves less money than he claims he is worth.

A player must have at least three but less than six years of major league service time to be eligible for arbitration. Players are also eligible for arbitration if they rank in the top 22 percent of players with more than two or fewer than three years of service time. If a case reaches a hearing, a three-person panel of arbitrators will award a one-year non-guaranteed contract which will either be the salary the team or the player proposed.

Each player is set to make over $1 million through the arbitration process, with Alvarez and Walker in line for hefty raises. After each player's contract situation is figured out, the Pirates will have a payroll north of $70 million before the rest of the 40-man roster is considered.


Tuesday, the Pirates invited pitchers Jameson Taillon and Zach Thornton, as well as catcher Carlos Paulino and first baseman Matt Hague to the major league portion of spring training. Taillon is the top pitching prospect within the Pirates system.

Earlier Wednesday, ESPN baseball insider Jim Bowden suggested on his blog that the Pirates are a good fit for free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales.



Tags: Baseball, Gaby Sanchez, Mark Melancon, MLB, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates, Travis Snider, Vin Mazzaro

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