Frazier, Mariners plead 1st of delayed arbitration cases – WDVM25 & DCW50

Adam Frazier and the Seattle Mariners argued the first of this year’s delayed salary arbitration cases on Monday, with the second baseman/outfielder seeking a raise from $4.3 million to $8 million and the team claiming $6.7 million.

Arbitrators Margaret Brogan, Frederic Horowitz and Brian Keller heard the case virtually. They will withhold their decision for two weeks.

Frazier is batting .250 with no home runs and 11 RBIs this season, though no stats or evidence after March 1 would qualify other than contract and salary comparisons. Major League Baseball and the players’ association agreed to this provision as part of the agreement that ended the lockout.

Frazier was a first-time All-Star last year, when he hit .267 with a home run and 11 RBIs for Pittsburgh and San Diego, who traded him to the Mariners in November.

A seven-year major league veteran who is eligible for free agency after this season, Frazier has a career average of .280 with 40 home runs and 226 RBIs. He played for Pittsburgh from 2016 until he was traded to the Padres last July.

Nineteen additional players remain eligible for arbitration, with hearings scheduled until June 24. Players slated for hearings include New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, Atlanta outfielder Adam Duvall, shortstop Dansby Swanson, pitcher Max Fried and third baseman Austin Riley, Mets pitcher New York Chris Bassitt, Kansas City outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Minnesota wide receiver Gary Sánchez and Philadelphia pitcher Zach Eflin.

Players and teams typically exchange proposed arbitration salaries in mid-January and argue cases during the first three weeks of February. This year’s swap has been postponed until March 22 due to the lockdown which started on December 2 and ended on March 10.

The teams won five of nine hearings last year and have a 325-247 advantage since arbitration began in 1974. MLB has proposed eliminating arbitration in negotiations and the union has lobbied for extend it, but the parties left eligibility the same as it had been since 2013: all players with at least three seasons but less than six major league service plus the top 22% by time served among players with at least two seasons but less than three.

Of around 200 players eligible for arbitration when the lockout ended, the vast majority reached negotiated settlements.

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