Texas Rangers: arbitration

Rangers announce deal with Mike Napoli

February, 12, 2012
The Rangers made it official Sunday that they've come to terms on a one-year deal with catcher Mike Napoli, taking care of their final piece of arbitration-eligible business.

A sourced told ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett on Saturday night that the deal was worth $9.4 million.

The Rangers settled with their other arbitration-eligible players -- Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus -- in the last week. Texas hasn't gone to an arbitration hearing since 2000.

General manager Jon Daniels will discuss the contract in a conference call this afternoon.

Work still to be done in arbitration cases

February, 7, 2012
The Rangers are still working through their three remaining arbitration cases, hoping to avoid a hearing. But with three cases left and hearing dates set in the next 10 days, assistant general manager Thad Levine concedes it's certainly possible that the club has to attend a hearing for the first time since 2000 (the Rangers won an arbitration case over Lee Stevens that year, before general manager Jon Daniels and his current staff arrived in Texas).

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"I think any time you have three players who are still unresolved at this point in the arbitration process, you have to be realistic that there is a chance you're going to a hearing," said Levine, who is the point person on the negotiations.

The toughest case might be catcher Mike Napoli. The club and Napoli exchanged figures last month and were $3.2 million apart. Napoli had the best season of his career (.320 average, 30 HRs, 75 RBIs and he certainly would have been the World Series MVP had the Rangers won) and asked for $11.5 million with the club offering $8.3 million. Napoli's hearing date is Feb. 15.

But Napoli isn't the only arbitration case unresolved to this point. Elvis Andrus' hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Tampa, Fla., with Andrus (represented by Scott Boras) wanting $3.6 million and the club countering with $2.65 million. Cruz, who has a hearing date set for Feb. 17, is asking for $7.5 million and the club's exchange figure was $5.5 million.

"I feel that we’ve had healthy, productive, amicable dialogue with the agents," Levine said. "And while we don’t have deals, which means there’s still a gap that needs to be bridged, we are talking, which is tantamount to getting deals done."

The club and player have until the hearing begins to reach an agreement (even in the room before the hearing starts, they could reach a deal). If there is a hearing, a three-person panel will listen to presentations from each side and pick either the club's number or the player's number. They won't pick a number in between.

But Andrus is on the clock first. We'll see if they can strike a deal before Thursday's hearing.

Rangers hope to avoid arbitration hearings

January, 17, 2012
The Rangers got four of its seven arbitration players signed on Tuesday, the day when clubs can exchange arbitration figures with players. But they have three key players left to get under contract: shortstop Elvis Andrus, outfielder Nelson Cruz and catcher Mike Napoli.

The largest gap belongs to Napoli, who submitted a salary figure of $11.50 million and the club countered with $8.30 million, a $3.2 million gap. That puts the midpoint at $9.9 million. It doesn't mean the club and Napoli will settle on that figure.

"It’s an artiticial nhubmer, but it’s easy to point to in negotiations," Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine said. "It’s a number you can only speculate exists until you formalize those proposals. It's another data point to look at."

Levine said the club and the agents for the remaining players have had substantive conversations and expects the same going forward. The Rangers would prefer to avoid a hearing. That would happen some time in the first three weeks of February and involves presenting a case in front of a three-person panel who choose one figure or the other. They don't pick some figure out of the air. Texas hasn't been to an arbitration hearing in the Jon Daniels era. In fact, they haven't been to one since 2000 (Lee Stevens).

When figures were exchanged last year, the Rangers and Josh Hamilton were $3.3 million apart. But the two sides worked out a two-year deal, closing the gap in the process.

Napoli becomes a free agent after the 2012 season. Cruz is under club control through the 2013 season and Andrus through 2014.

"I think any time you file, you’re getting one step closer to a hearing room," Levine said. "But there’s always opportunities to sette, whether that’s a one-year deal or getting creative on a multi-year deal. There are avenues to pursue before you go to a hearing room. Historically, we have done everything in our power to creatively try to avoid that. At some point it’s inevitable that we go, but if we do go, it’s on the backdrop of exhausting all other alternatives to going. I think we’ll take the same tact on these three deals going forward."

Matt Harrison agrees on one-year deal

January, 17, 2012
Rangers left-handed starter Matt Harrison agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.95 million, avoding arbitration.

Harrison and the Rangers had exchanged figures earlier in the day with Harrison at $3.50 and the club at $2.45. The found middle ground quickly after that at $2.95 million and got the deal done.

That leaves three unsigned salary arbitration players: catcher Mike Napoli, shortstop Elvis Andrus and outfielder Nelson Cruz.

Harrison was 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA in 31 games (30 of them starts) in 2011. He had the second-lowest ERA among Rangers starters and was second in quality starts with 20. He gave up just 13 homers in 185 2/3 innings, the fourth-best ratio of home runs per nine innings in the American League.

Four players, Rangers exchange arb figures

January, 17, 2012
The Rangers and four players exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday. By doing this, the club and player establish the middle ground and can now negotiate right up until a hearing date, which would be in February. The players and figures:

Elvis Andrus submitted $3.60 million with the club offering $2.65 million

Nelson Cruz submitted $7.50 million with the club offering $5.50 million

Matt Harrison submitted $3.50 million with the club offering $2.45 million

Mike Napoli submitted $11.50 million with the club offering $8.30 million

The largest gaps belong to Cruz and Napoli. The midpoint is exactly $1 million between Cruz and the Rangers, but there's a gap of $3.2 million between Napoli and the club. The midpoint in that exchange would be $9.9 million.

Mike Adams agrees to $4.4 million deal

January, 17, 2012
Mike Adams and the Rangers avoided arbitration after the right-handed reliever agreed to a one-year, $4.4 million contract, leaving the Rangers with four arbitration players to be signed.

After arriving in Texas from San Diego, Adams was 2-3 with a 2.10 ERA in 27 appearances (25 2/3 innings) with 25 strikeouts and five walks. In the postseason, he gave up three runs in 8 1/3 innings (3.24 ERA) with six walks and six strikeouts.

Mark Lowe and David Murphy came to terms earlier Monday. Mike Napoli, Matt Harrison, Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus remain to be signed.

David Murphy agrees to one-year deal

January, 17, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers outfielder David Murphy has agreed to terms on a $3.625 million deal for the 2012 season, avoiding arbitration.

Mark Lowe agreed to terms earlier in the day, leaving the Rangers with five arbitration players who need to be signed: Mike Napoli, Matt Harrison, Mike Adams, Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus.

Murphy batted .275 with 11 homers and 46 RBI in 120 games with the Rangers in 2011. He started 62 games in left, 27 in right and 11 in center and was in the lineup for 29 of the season's final 30 games. He hit .358 in his final 32 games.

It's a big day for arbitration cases

January, 17, 2012
Today is the day that clubs and players can exchange arbitration figures, which would clearly establish what the "middle ground" is to get a deal done. So plenty of players and teams will try to get deals done before the need to exchange figures and clearly define that "middle ground" -- as Mark Lowe did early Tuesday morning. But even if figures are exchanged, both sides can still get a deal done right about until the hearing date to avoid a hearing.

The Rangers have six arbitration players that need to be signed:

* Mike Adams
* Elvis Andrus
* Nelson Cruz
* Matt Harrison
* David Murphy
* Mike Napoli

Of that group, Harrison and Andrus are first-time eligibles and will be getting nice raises. Napoli will, of course, get a hefty hike in pay too, after his solid 2011 season. He'll be a free agent after this year.

So we'll see if both sides can come to some agreements. The cases that aren't close can exchange figures and maybe that gets the discussion going further before a possible hearing. The Rangers haven't had an arbitration hearing since 2000 (Lee Stevens).

Reliever Mark Lowe agrees to one-year deal

January, 17, 2012

The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Mark Lowe on a one-year deal for $1.7 million plus incentives, avoiding arbitration.

The Rangers have six remaining arbitration cases, many of which could get done Tuesday before figures are exchanged. Those players are pitchers Mike Adams and Matt Harrison, catcher Mike Napoli, infielder Elvis Andrus, and outfielders Nelson Cruz and David Murphy.

Lowe was 2-3 with a 3.80 ERA and one save in 52 appearances with the Rangers last season as he spent all but two weeks of the season in the majors. He placed third on the club in appearances while recording 42 strikeouts in 45.0 innings. Lowe allowed just six of 32 inherited runners to score (18.8 percent), the ninth best percentage among American League relievers.

Rangers offer arbitration to C.J. Wilson

November, 23, 2011
This from the Rangers:
The Texas Rangers announced Wednesday that the club has offered salary arbitration for the 2012 season to pitcher C.J. Wilson, a Type A ranked free agent.

With the offer, the Rangers would be rewarded with the compensation of two additional draft picks in the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft if Wilson were to decline the offer and sign with another major league club.

As a result of the collective bargaining process completed on Tuesday, Texas did not have to offer arbitration to left-handed pitcher Darren Oliver, a Type A player who will be treated as a Type B player. If Oliver should sign with another team, the Rangers will automatically receive compensation.

Texas also did not offer salary arbitration to four other unranked free agents where no compensation applies: LHP Michael Gonzalez, RHP Brandon Webb, catcher Matt Treanor, and outfielder Endy Chavez. Treanor has signed a 2012 contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The deadline for clubs to offer arbitration to ranked free agents in order to be eligible for compensation is 11:00 p.m. CST tonight. Wilson has until 11:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, December 7 to decide whether to accept or decline the Rangers’ offer.

Josh Hamilton feels fine, talks contract

January, 21, 2011
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said Friday that he feels "about 90 percent" physically after dealng with a bout of pneoumonia last week.

The 2010 AL MVP said he resumed baseball activities Wednesday and was swinging in the batting cages before talking to media Friday.

Hamilton, who has exchanged arbitration figures with the Rangers, said he is bracing himself for a hearing set for Feb. 14.

"But there's a few weeks between now and then, so we'll see what happens," he said.

The Rangers have not been to an arbitration hearing since 2000. The two sides were just a little over $3 million apart on their offers and have until the hearing date to work something out on a one-year deal.

More to come later.

Rangers tender offers to five of six players

December, 2, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers tendered contract offers Thursday to five of the six arbitration-eligible players on their 40-man roster: OF Nelson Cruz, OF Josh Hamilton, OF David Murphy, RHP Darren O’Day and LHP C.J. Wilson.

The club did not tender an offer to RHP Dustin Nippert, who becomes a free agent.

The five players who were tendered join right-hander Frank Francisco, who accepted the Rangers’ arbitration offer Tuesday. Texas has already signed Mark Lowe, another player who had been eligible for arbitration, to a 2011 contract.

Nippert, 29, went 4-5 with a 4.29 ERA in 38 games, which included two starts for Texas in 2010. He recorded at least one strikeout in 18 consecutive relief appearances from April 18-June 9, the second-longest single-season strikeout streak by a reliever in club history. He was on the disabled list from July 20-Sept. 2 with a head contusion suffered July 19 at Detroit.

Nippert was on the club's American League Division Series roster and was added to the World Series roster following an injury to Alexi Ogando in Game 4.

The Rangers now have 39 players on the club's 40-man roster.



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BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 71
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .874
ERAC. Lewis 5.12
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