Friday, January 18, 2013

Negotiation, Loria Style

Today is the day MLB teams and arbitration-eligible players have to submit their salary arbitration figures. Most cases never come to arbitration, and really, neither side generally wants to go there. The teams don't want to tear down their players whom they need to perform, the players don't want to get into a fight with their bosses, and agents don't want their clients to hear their shortcomings in gruesome detail. So, most times, players and teams get it done.

Then there's the Marlins. They have one arbitration-eligible player this year, relief pitcher Ryan Webb. He is expected, based on performance and service time, to wind up around $900K. And, according to inside sources, there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that the Marlins opened the negotiating process with the line "Have you ever seen a crisp fifty dollar bill?"
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