Six Pirates were among the 146 players who filed for salary arbitration, according to a list released Tuesday by the players association.
Neil Walker, Gaby Sanchez, Pedro Alvarez, Mark Melancon, Vin Mazzaro and Travis Snider were the six remaining Pirates eligible for arbitration and all six filed. The more important deadline comes Friday, when the players and their representation exchange salary figures with the team.
The filing is procedural and means only that none of the players reached an agreement. Hearings begin Feb. 1, but most players agree to terms before then.
Players with at least three but fewer than six years of major league service time, or those who rank in the top 22 percent of players with more than two but fewer than three years of service time, are eligible for arbitration. If a player’s case reaches a hearing, a three-person panel of arbitrators hears arguments for the player’s submitted figure and the team’s figure. They then award a one-year contract, which is not guaranteed, at one salary figure or the other.
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