BY:  Richard W. Humphrey

Today was the day that arbitration eligible players exchanged salary figures.  If a players’ case goes all to way through the arbitration process, a three person panel hears both the player’s side and management’s side campaigning for their salary figure.  Afterward, the panel picks one salary figure or the other.  They do not have the power to select a compromise figure in the middle.

Texas began the day with seven potential arbitration cases.  By the end of the day, four were settled.  As noted in today’s earlier post, the Rangers and Mark Lowe agreed upon a $1.7 million salary for 2012.  As the day proceeded, the Rangers reached agreement with reliever Mike Adams at $4.4 million, outfielder David Murphy at $3.625 million, and starting pitcher Matt Harrison at $2.95 million.

That leaves three players that could ultimately go to arbitration.  They are Elvis Andrus ($3.6 million and $2.65 million), Nelson Cruz ($7.5 million and $5.5 million), and Mike Napoli ($11.5 million and $8.3 million).  Texas has settled every arbitration eligible case since 2000 without going to a hearing.

Special thanks to Jamey Newberg for the salary figures utilized in this post.

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