All 12 arbitration eligible players from the Pittsburgh Pirates have officially filed for arbitration. The Pirates now have until Friday to either settle with the players or exchange figures. The Pirates have said that they have a “file and trial” system, where if the two sides exchange figures on Friday, they will take the players to a arbitration hearing.
The 12 players that filed are Mark Melancon, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, Antonio Bastardo, Francisco Cervelli, Sean Rodriguez, Chris Stewart, Vance Worley, Tony Watson, Jared Hughes, Josh Harrison and Travis Snider. You can view the 2015 projected payroll here with estimated figures for each player.
In the recent past, the Pirates have gone to a hearing just twice since 2004. In 2011 they lost to Ross Ohlendorf and in 2012, they won their case against Garrett Jones. According to the numbers, 90% of cases are settled before a hearing so there is a good chance that all of the players will settle by Friday. If not, a date will be set for a hearing.
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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.