Salary arbitration can be a confusing topic and it is never a pleasant experience for the player. Arbitration means the team and the player agree to go in front of an arbitrator as each side makes their case in regards to the player’s 2011 salary. The player’s agent spends their time highlighting all of his client’s strengths while the team highlights the player’s faults to help the judge make the best decision. Last season, the Rays and B.J. Upton went to arbitration over $0.3m and the Rays won their case.
If you would like to see a complete breakdown of the process as well as a detailed report on how it works, visit Maury Brown’s Biz of Baseball site as he has just today published a full breakdown of the entire process. If you are only interested in the Rays’ portion of the detailed report, click here.