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Update: Even More Arbitration Numbers

Yup, you guessed it: Even more numbers are out.

Here are the late night additions. Both George Sherrill's case out in Baltimore and Jayson Werth in Philadelphia are fascinating. Here are the five most recent cases out there ... at least as of the moment:

  1. Pitcher George Sherrill (wants $3.4M, Orioles offered $2.2M)
  2. Outfielder Jayson Werth (wants $4M, Phillies offered $3M)
  3. Pitcher Matt Guerrier (wants $1.75M, Twins offered $1.2M)
  4. Pitcher Brian Tallet (wants $1.3M, Blue Jays offered $950,000)
  5. Pitcher Shawn Camp (wants $950,000, Blue Jays offered $700,000)

More and more arbitration figures are leaking out, and there are some serious discrepancies between player demands and the level at which their teams value them. Since those discrepancies are actually the most likely predictor of which cases will go to arbitration, I'll list the recently declared figures in terms of widest disparity between player demand and team offer, working backwards from the biggest gap in salary. Remember, these are only the arbitration offers that haven't already been throw out there, otherwise Ryan Howard would lead the group by a mile.

  1. Pitcher Justin Duscherer (wants $4.6M, A's offered $3M)
  2. Pitcher David Weathers (wants $4.6M, Reds offered $3M)
  3. Third baseman Garrett Atkins (wants $7.95M, Rockies offered $6.65M)
  4. Outfielder Ryan Ludwick (wants $4.25M, Cardinals offered $2.8M)
  5. Outfielder Jeff Francoeur (wants $3.95M, Braves offered $2.8M)
  6. ShortstopEdwin Encarnacion (wants $3.7M, Reds offered $2.55M)
  7. Outfielder Corey Hart (wants $3.8M, Brewers offered $2.7M)
  8. Pitcher Zack Greinke (wants $4.4M, Royals offered $3.4M)
  9. First baseman Mike Jacobs (wants $3.8M, Royals offered $2.75M)
  10. Outfielder Rick Ankiel (wants $3.25M, Cardinals offered $2.35M)
  11. Second baseman Kelly Johnson (wants $3.3M, Braves offered $2.35M)
  12. Second baseman Dan Uggla (wants $5.35M, Marlins offered $4.4M)
  13. Outfielder Mark Teahen (wants $3.85M, Royals offered $3.05M)
  14. Pitcher John Maine (wants $3M, Mets offered $2.2M)
  15. Second baseman Richie Weeks (wants $2.8M, Brewers offered $2M)
  16. Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez (wants $3M, Astros offered $2.25M)
  17. Pitcher Geoff Geary (wants $2.1M, Astros offered $1.425M)
  18. Pitcher Pedro Feliciano (wants $1.95M, Mets offered $1.35M)
  19. Pitcher Brian Bruney (wants $1.55M, Yankees offered $1.1M)

It's also worth noting that there was one last second deal, with outfielder Melky Cabrera coming to terms with the Yankees on a one-year, $1.4 million deal. That's $300,000 less than he was asking for, but still a $200,000 bump on what New York was offering.

I'm also going to avoid the Nationals arbitration guys, as you can tell from the list, since Chico is going into much more detail with all of them over at Nationals Journal.

So, what do people think? Which offers/salary request are farthest out of line? And does anyone else find it a bit ridiculous that the Yankees are quibbling over some $450,000 with Brian Bruney after their $450 million offseason? Seems a bit trite, doesn't it?

By Cameron Smith  |  January 21, 2009; 3:09 AM ET
 
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Comments

I would have to say Jeff Francouer is absolutely insane if he thinks he actually deserves 3.95 million after the year he just had.

The guy has a career OBP of barely over 300 and has an OPS that should make a corner outfield cry at night. He had a torrid start after his callup, yes. But since then he has been like Pedro Cerrano from Major League, people learned to throw him curve balls. The guy can't hit anything that's not straight.

He does have a cannon for an arm in right, but other than that he was essentially useless last year. Nearly 4 million for a guy who was sent to the minors last year? You have to be kidding. The Braves offer is INCREDIBLY generous since he made 460,000 last year and hasn't done anything to deserve a 500% raise.

Posted by: adampschroeder | January 21, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Just a quick note that Kelly Johnson is the Braves second baseman not their catcher.

Posted by: PhilRippa | January 21, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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