Big names file for ar­bi­tra­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Cy Young Award win­ners Jake Ar­ri­eta of the Chicago Cubs and Dal­las Keuchel of the Hous­ton Astros were among 156 play­ers who filed for salary ar­bi­tra­tion Tues­day and are set to swap pro­posed fig­ures with their teams this week un­less they agree to con­tracts.

New Yan­kees closer Aroldis Chapman could file the high­est salary re­quest af­ter earn­ing $8,075,000 last sea­son with Cincin­nati un­less he set­tles with New York be­fore Fri­day’s ex­change of fig­ures.

AL MVP Josh Don­ald­son also filed. He lost his case last year and made $4.3 mil­lion while lead­ing the Toronto Blue Jays to their first play­off ap­pear­ance since 1993.

New York Mets ace Matt Har­vey was among nine play­ers from the NL cham­pi­ons who filed for ar­bi­tra­tion. That group in­cludes sus­pended re­liever Jen­rry Me­jia, who failed two drug tests last year and will miss much of next sea­son as part of a 162-game ban.

Lorenzo Cain and Mike Mous­takas were among seven play­ers from the World Se­ries cham­pion Kansas City Roy­als who filed.

Keuchel could be in for a big raise af­ter earn­ing slightly more than the ma­jor league min­i­mum of $507,500 last sea­son, when he went 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA. Ar­ri­eta earned $3.63 mil­lion and pitched a no-hit­ter among his 22 wins.

Top closers Trevor Rosen­thal, Mark Me­lan­con, Zach Brit­ton, Ken­ley Jansen, Jeurys Fa­milia and Drew Storen all put in their ar­bi­tra­tion pa­per­work.

Oth­ers fil­ing for ar­bi­tra­tion in­cluded Jose Fer­nan­dez, Stephen Stras­burg, Manny Machado, Nolan Are­nado, J.D. Martinez and An­thony Ren­don.

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