Today is the day when teams and players are required to file salary figures for arbitration, and given that the hearing can often become contentious, all sides usually put a pretty earnest effort into avoiding going to such hearings.
With that in mind, numerous players have agreed to one-year contracts for the 2012 season on Tuesday in order to avoid arbitration and keep things a tad simpler. Here are the NL West players that have avoided arbitration by agreeing to deals on Tuesday:
- The Giants and outfielder Melky Cabrera agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes.
- The San Francisco Giants and pitcher Santiago Casilla agreed to a one-year, $2.2 million contract that includes $200K in incentives, according to Rojas.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers and outfielder Andre Ethier have agreed to a one-year, $11 million contract, according to CAA Sports, Ethier's agency.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers and first baseman James Loney have agreed to a one-year, $6.375 million contract, according to CAA Sports, Loney's agency.
- The San Diego Padres have agreed to one-year deals with third baseman Chase Headley, catcher Nick Hundley and pitcher Tim Stauffer, according to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
- The San Diego Padres and pitcher Joe Thatcher have agreed to a one-year, $700K contract, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
- The San Diego Padres and catcher John Baker have agreed to a one-year, $750K contract, according to CAA Sports, Baker's agency.
- The Colorado Rockies and outfielder Dexter Fowler have agreed to a one-year, $2.35 million contract, according to Tim Dierkes of MLBTR.
No word yet on any of Arizona's four arbitration-eligible players: catcher Miguel Montero, third baseman Ryan Roberts and relief pitchers Brad Ziegler and Craig Breslow.