The Los Angeles Dodgers had three players file for arbitration on Tuesday and one of them, ace Clayton Kershaw, received a record-breaking extension on Wednesday.
Still, catcher A.J. Ellis and Kenley Jansen weren’t able to reach a number with the team and the two sides exchanged arbitration figures this afternoon. Hearings will take place from February 1-21 and the Dodgers haven’t had an arbitration hearing since 2007 and a three-person panel hears each case if need be.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, here are the numbers from the Dodgers and Jansen:
Jansen files at $5.05M, dodgers $3.5M
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 17, 2014
When arbitration predictions came out, MLB Trade Rumors projected Jansen at $4.8 million through this process and the midpoint of both figures is $4.28 million. After not starting the season as the closer, the Dodgers turned to the 26-year-old reliever when Brandon League imploded for the first two months of the season.
Jansen also recorded a relievers version of a perfect game, retiring 27 batters in a row from July 23 against the Toronto Blue Jays until August 8 against the St. Louis Cardinals. If the Dodgers track record is any indication, look for the two sides to negotiate for the next two weeks and avoid an arbitration hearing.
Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Ellis also had his and the Dodgers arbitration number made public according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports:
A.J. Ellis asks for $4.6M from the Dodgers. Team offers $3M.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 18, 2014
In his second full season as the Dodgers primary catcher, Ellis put up a relatively decent offensive season with a .238 batting average, 10 home runs and 52 RBI as he dealt with an oblique injury most of the season. Like Jansen, MLB Trade Rumors projected Ellis would receive substantially less than he offered at $3.2 million and the midpoint of the salaries exchanged is $3.8 million.
Still, expect the Dodgers and both Jansen and Ellis to get deals done before an arbitration hearings start in early February.
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