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10 Relievers Lining Up Big First-Time Arbitration Salaries

Posted On: Sep 19, 2018   |   Posted By: MLB Trade Rumors

We've already done this for position players and starters , so let's check in on the relief arms. In this context, as MLBTR arb guru Matt Swartz teaches , we're looking for innings, ERA, and saves or holds. Swartz also frequently cites strikeouts as a factor in analyzing comparables.
Now, to be sure, the “opener” concept and/or other contemporary baseball phenomena may one day lead to some changes in how reliever salaries are determined. For now, though, the traditional numbers still play in the arbitration process. Here are ten relievers who can anticipate nice first-time arb salaries after turning in strong 2018 showings.
Matt Barnes , Red Sox: Though he doesn't own an overly dominant ERA , Barnes has made the most of his 58 1/3 frames for purposes of arbitration-worthy counting stats. He has not only recorded an impressive 92 strikeouts, but has picked up 25 holds while serving in a set-up capacity for the league's best regular season team.
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