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 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 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.
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.