With the MLB deadline to file for arbitration now behind us, it’s time to look at some of the deals that players have gotten in arbitration.
This was one of the many things the Players Association wanted to fix during the MLB lockout.
However, with the league and the owners not budging in their direction, MLBPA ultimately decided to drop its request.
But ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweeted a reminder about arbitration and how some players just aren’t going to get what they need from it.
So Matt Chapman, or any other player, isn’t necessarily getting a great deal in arbitration. Great, in arb, can be a matter of hundreds of thousands, not tens of millions.
This has been a public-service announcement. Thank you.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 22, 2022
A Broken System
There’s no doubt that even after the new CBA was signed and the players regained a ton of leverage, there’s still plenty of work to do, and arbitration is one of the many areas where improvements are needed.
As Passan notes, “great” in arbitration deals, is really a matter of hundreds of thousands of dollars, not tens of millions, and that the system is still very much flawed indeed.
Perhaps that is something that could be fixed the next time the owners and the Players Association have to hammer out a new CBA, but for now, it remains a serious problem, and one of the many things players want changed going forward.
It’s not fair for the players to get lowballed in arbitration.
The owners still appear to want to manipulate things such as this, and the players feel that they deserve better and want more money out of it, as they should.
We’ll see what happens next in arbitration, but it looks like more players aren’t going to get fair deals here.