Arbitration Exchange Deadline Moved Up To Tomorrow Afternoon
The deadline for teams and players to exchange salary figures in arbitration has been moved up a day.
Deadline Set for Thursday at 8:00pm EST
According to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, the deadline for teams to exchange salary figures with arbitration-eligible players has been set for Thursday at 8:00pm EST. This is a day earlier than originally scheduled.
It is unclear why the decision to move up the deadline was made, but it is expected to spur some activity among teams and players.
While the salary exchange date does not necessarily mean negotiations have to end, it serves as an important point in the negotiation process. Many teams treat it as an unofficial deadline to avoid arbitration hearings.
Many Salary Agreements Expected
With the arbitration deadline approaching, a large number of salary agreements are expected to be reached. Some players, such as Cal Quantrill, JT Brubaker, and Hoby Milner, have already agreed to deals.
The deadline could also serve as a catalyst for trades, as teams look to finalize their rosters for the upcoming season.
MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz has projected salaries for all arbitration-eligible players, with some players expected to receive notable sums.
Key Players to Watch
Several players, including Juan Soto, Pete Alonso, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Gleyber Torres, and potential trade candidates like Shane Bieber and Dylan Cease, are expected to receive notable salaries in arbitration.
Juan Soto has the potential to surpass Shohei Ohtani's record-setting $30MM mark in his final year of eligibility.
It will be interesting to see how teams and players navigate the arbitration process and what impact it may have on future contract negotiations.