Friday, January 13, 2017

Hot Stove Update: Giants Avoid Arbitration

The Giants today wrapped up contracts for the last 3 of their arbitration eligible players who were tendered contracts.  Eduardo Nunez, George Kontos and Will Smith agreed to terms today.  Conor Gillaspie, Cory Gearrin and Ehire Adrianza had signed earlier.  I could not recall when the Giants last went to an arbitration hearing with a player, but Grant Brisbee of MCC reminded me it was AJ Pierzynski.  They got close with Tim Lincecum and Brandon Belt, but agreed to terms with both within hours, and in Timmy's case, minutes before the scheduled arbitration hearings.  What's interesting about the contracts agreed to with their 6 arbitration eligible players, is how close the numbers are to MLB Traderumors projected arbitration values.  Here is the list of players with their contracts and MLBTR's projection in parentheses:

Conor Gillaspie- $1.4 M($900K).
Cory Gearrin- $1.05 M($1.1 M).
Eduardo Nunez- $4.2 M($4.4 M).
Ehire Adrianza- $600 K($508K).
George Kontos- $1.75 M($1.7 M).
Will Smith- $2.5 M($2.3 M).

I have to say, there does not seem to be much rhyme or reason to which players got more and which got less than their MLBTR projections.  I can see the Giants wanting to reward Conor Gillaspie for his postseason heroics, but the others are a bit of a mystery.  I am glad they are all signed, sealed and delivered and presumably happy to be Giants for another season.

1 comment:

  1. Why am I not surprised that A.J. Pierzynski was the last one.