Even though the 2018 postseason is still in full swing, for teams who are out of the hunt, now is the time to start thinking about offseason moves. Arbitration is a major factor in whether or not a team will chose to continue with a player, or make an effort to move them. In order to qualify for arbitration, a player must have more than three years of service time, but fewer than six, and if they do not have a contract in place for the coming season.
Ultimately, the point of arbitration is to allow for players to negotiate for a better deal for themselves over the offseason. If no agreement can be reached regarding the arbitration contract (either with a single or multi-year deal) then the contract will go to an arbitration hearing.
- C.J. Cron — $5.2MM
- Tommy Pham — $4.0MM
- Matt Duffy — $2.6MM
- Chaz Roe — $1.4MM
- Jesus Sucre — $1.2MM
- Vidal Nuno — $900K
Most experts believe it is unlikely the Rays will work out deals with Cron or Sucre, but a lot of the remaining players could be had relatively inexpensively. We won’t know how things pan out until the arbitration deadline in mid-January, but there is a chance agreements and deals could be made before then.