The A’s anticipate going to arbitration hearings to determine the 2015 salaries for starting pitcher Jarrod Parker and reliever Tyler Clippard.
It’s been a full decade since the A’s have gone to the arbitration table with any player. They won their case against reliever Juan Cruz back in 2005.
Second baseman Eric Sogard and reliever Fernando Abad both agreed to one-year deals Friday, leaving Clippard and Parker as the final unsigned arbitration-eligible players for Oakland.
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The team has exchanged salary figures with representatives for both players, and though negotiations can continue until a potential hearing in February, indications are that no middle ground will be found.
Clippard, acquired from the Nationals for shortstop Yunel Escobar on Jan. 14, is asking for $8.85 million while the A’s are offering $7.775 million, according to mlbtraderumors.com. Parker, who missed all of 2014 and will be sidelined for the start of this season following Tommy John elbow surgery, is asking for $1.7 million with the A’s countering at $850,000.
In an arbitration hearing, an independent panel hears arguments from the team and the player’s representation and then awards the player one salary or the other. It’s a somewhat common occurrence across the majors each season, but it’s one that teams and players often try to avoid because it creates the potentially awkward situation of the team criticizing its own player to justify why the lower salary is warranted.