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Edwin Jackson and 2010 MLB Arbitration Figures | January
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After a flurry of signings on Monday, there are still 38 arbitration-eligible players who were unable to reach a contract agreement with their teams. Last year, only three cases actually went to arbitration, so there is a good chance that most of these will be settled before the February decision dates. The entire list of arbitration figures is presented below:
Player Asked Offered Team
Joe Saunders, SP $3,850,000 $3,600,000 Angels
Maicer Izturis, 2B $3,000,000 $2,300,000 Angels
Erick Aybar, SS $2,750,000 $1,800,000 Angels
Jeff Mathis, C $1,300,000 $700,000 Angels
Wandy Rodriguez, SP $7,000,000 $5,000,000 Astros
Hunter Pence, OF $4,100,000 $3,100,000 Astros
Tim Byrdak, RP $1,900,000 $1,300,000 Astros
Michael Wuertz, RP $2,900,000 $1,900,000 Athletics
Corey Hart, OF $4,800,000 $4,150,000 Brewers
David Bush, SP $4,450,000 $4,125,000 Brewers
Todd Coffey, RP $2,450,000 $1,700,000 Brewers
Carlos Villanueva, RP $1,075,000 $800,000 Brewers
Skip Schumaker, 2B $2,750,000 $1,450,000 Cardinals
Ryan Theriot, SS $3,400,000 $2,600,000 Cubs
Carlos Marmol, RP $2,500,000 $1,750,000 Cubs
Sean Marshall, RP $1,175,000 $800,000 Cubs
Edwin Jackson, SP $6,250,000 $4,600,000 D'Backs
Tim Lincecum, SP $13,000,000 $8,000,000 Giants
Brian Wilson, RP $4,875,000 $4,000,000 Giants
Casey Kotchman, 1B $3,900,000 $3,135,000 Mariners
Brandon League,RP $1,325,000 $900,000 Mariners
Josh Johnson, SP $5,000,000 $3,000,000 Marlins
Cody Ross, OF $4,450,000 $4,200,000 Marlins
Angel Pagan, OF $1,800,000 $1,275,000 Mets
Brian Bruney, RP $1,850,000 $1,500,000 Nationals
Sean Burnett, RP $925,000 $775,000 Nationals
Jeremy Guthrie, SP $3,625,000 $2,300,000 Orioles
Scott Hairston, OF $2,900,000 $2,100,000 Padres
Mike Adams, RP $1,200,000 $875,000 Padres
Joe Blanton, SP $10,250,000 $7,500,000 Phillies
Shane Victorino, OF $5,800,000 $4,750,000 Phillies
Carlos Ruiz, C $2,500,000 $1,700,000 Phillies
Frank Francisco, RP $3,600,000 $3,000,000 Rangers
Scott Feldman, SP $2,900,000 $2,050,000 Rangers
B.J. Upton, OF $3,300,000 $3,000,000 Rays
Jeremy Hermida, OF $3,850,000 $2,950,000 Red Sox
Ramon Ramirez, RP $1,250,000 $1,060,000 Red Sox
Justin Verlander, SP $9,500,000 $6,900,000 Tigers
The most prominent arbitration filers include Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (asking for a record $13M), Joe Blanton ($10.5M), and Justin Verlander ($9.5M).  The Diamondbacks reached late agreements with all of their arbitration eligible players (Chad Qualls, $4.185M;  Stephen Drew, $3.4M; Conor Jackson, $3.1M; Aaron Heilman, $2.15M) except for one, Edwin Jackson. Edwin Jackson Jackson submitted a figure of $6.25M, while the Diamondbacks offered $4.6M.   Jackson finished 2010 with 4 years and 70 days  of service time (abbreviated 4.70), and earned a salary of $2.2M in 2009.  Who are some comparable pitchers to Jackson in terms of quality (214 IP, 3.62 ERA, 127 ERA+) and service time, and what salaries have they been offered? Comparable Players Signed This Year This year, Jorge De La Rosa just signed a 1 yr, $5.6M contract with the Rockies. De La Rosa went 16-9 in 2009, with a 4.38 ERA (105 ERA+). His season was probably a little worse than Jackson's, but De La Rosa had a little more service time, 5.015 seasons. Jered Weaver (16-8, 3.75 ERA, 211 IP, 120 ERA+) signed a 1 yr deal for $4.265M after 3.129 years of service time. Another pitcher who filed for arbitration is similar to Jackson - Wandy Rodriguez. Rodriguez has 4.105 years of service time, and was 14-12 in 2009, with a 3.02 ERA in 206 IP (130 ERA+). Rodriguez has a slightly better record than Jackson, and asked for a higher amount, $7M, while the Astros offered $5M. Comparable Contracts from Last Year After the 2008 season, Zach Greinke was arbitration eligible with 4.057 years of service time, and signed a 4 year, $38M contract with the Royals. Greinke was coming off a 202 IP, 3.46 ERA season (126 ERA+), not too different than Jackson's. After 2008, Ervin Santana had 3.104 years of service time, and had completed a 219 IP, 3.49 ERA (127 ERA+) season, and signed a 4 year, $30M deal. After 2008, Erik Bedard had completed an injury-plagued season with 81 IP and a 3.67 ERA (115 ERA+), and signed a 1 year, $7.75M contract. Bedard had completed 5.171 years of service time at that point. In 2008, Todd Wellemeyer had completed a slightly worse season that Jackson - 192 IP, 3.71 ERA (115 ERA+) and signed a $4.05M contract. Conclusions So where does Edwin Jackson fit in? Jackson could probably argue that he is better than Jorge De La Rosa, who just signed a $5.6M contract, with just a little more service time than Jackson. Jackson could also claim a better record than Jered Weaver, who signed for $4.265M with only 3.129 years of service time. Given these two contracts, the D'Backs offer of $4.6M might be a little low A lot may depend on Wandy Rodriguez's contract. If Rodriguez splits the difference with the Astros for around $6M, it will be difficult for Jackson to ask for $6.25M in arbitration. Most likely, Jackson and the Diamondbacks will settle in the $5.0-$5.5 range.