MLB Arbitration: An Update on Some of the League's Biggest Names

Updated: Jul 20



There were 31 players who submitted filing numbers at the conclusion of the exchange date in mid-March. Despite the thought that many teams employ a “file and trial” strategy and wouldn’t negotiate after the exchange date, after two months, more than half the cases have been resolved, with only 5 of those going to an actual hearing. Sometimes when two cases relate substantially to one another, the arbitration panel may wait to release the first case’s results until all the related cases have been heard, which appears to be what is going on with Adrian Houser. The results of four hearings are publicly available, with players and clubs splitting with two victories each. Seven players have settled with their teams, with three of those settlements including an additional mutual option for the 2023 season. Four players have agreed to multi-year extensions with the clubs thus far.


HEARINGS THAT HAVE OCCURRED (5):

  • 2 CLUB Wins

  • 2 PLAYER Wins

  • 1 To Be Announced



SETTLEMENTS (7):

  • 2 ABOVE MIDPOINT

  • 1 BELOW MIDPOINT

  • 1 AT MIDPOINT

  • 3 MUTUAL OPTION FOR 2023


EXTENSIONS (4)


NO UPDATES YET (15):


Dean Rosenberg is a rising 3L student at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City and President of the Cardozo Sports Law Society. He can be found on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dean-rosenberg-4a1507a1/ and on Twitter @deanrosen7. For all of Dean’s Conduct Detrimental Articles, click here.