By Jason Shetler
Friday was the deadline for all MLB clubs to come to terms with their arbitration eligible players. As I mentioned in the last post, Tony Watson will be taking the Pirates to an arbitration hearing. Here is a review of the players the Pirates did avoid arbitration with.
As first reported by Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports, the Pirates avoided arbitration with Drew Hutchison and Jared Hughes for $2.3 million and $2.825 million respectively. Hutchison received slightly more than his projected figure of $2.2 million, while Hughes got more than his $2.5 million projection.
Matt Gajtka of DK Pittsburgh Sports reported that both Jordy Mercer and Juan Nicasio avoided arbitration. Mercer signed for $4.3 million, which was a little higher than the $4 million he was projected to make. The projected figure for Nicasio was $4.6 million, and he settled for about a million less at $3.65.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel was the first to report that the Pirates and Gerrit Cole came to terms at $3.75 million. While that may have come as a surprise, perhaps the bigger surprise is that Cole settled for less than the $4.2 million he was projected to receive.