February 27, 2024

Guardians Avoid Arbitration With All Seven Players Eligible


So what exactly is arbitration?

“If no one-year or multi-year settlement can be reached by the hearing date, the case is brought before a panel of arbitrators. After hearing arguments from both sides, the panel selects either the salary figure of either the player or the club (but not one in between) as the player’s salary for the upcoming season.”

Guardians salary agreements and player statistics from the ’22 season:

Shane Bieber: $10.01M – 13-8, 3.22 ERA

Amed Rosario: $7.8M – .283 batting average, 11 home runs, 71 RBIs

Cal Quantrill: $5.55M – 15-5, .338 ERA

Josh Naylor: $3.35M – .256 batting average, 20 home runs, 79 RBIs

Zach Plesac: $2.95M – 3-12, 4.31 ERA

Aaron Civale: $2.6M – 5-6, 4.96 ERA

James Karinchak: $1.5M – 2-0, 2.08 ERA

This is great news for the Guardians this upcoming season and it certainly makes everything easier for the front office. It eliminates distractions and allows the team to focus on what is most important and that is winning games throughout the next season and hopefully contending for a World Series!

Let’s not forget, this Guardians team went 92-70 in 2022 and won the AL Central. It was a 2-0 series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Series followed by an unfortunate 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees in the Divisional Series.

The team obviously has higher aspirations this coming season and these contract signings are a big help with that moving forward.

Now, in the future, it will just be a matter of if the team wants to negotiate long-term deals with these players or eventually move in a different direction and let them go sign with another club. Happens a lot here with great Cleveland players sadly. I don’t have to remind fans of all the great then-Indians players that ended up signing with a different franchise for more money.

Hey, Guards players. Welcome back for the season and let’s make it a winning one!

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