The current model for arbitration in baseball is, well, a little broken. Though the PA and the league made steps to improve the manner in which some players are classified when it comes to free agency, there is still room to improve the arb model as it relates to players salary.
The arbitrators love home runs and they love RBIs. This isn’t a bad thing as it puts money in the player’s pockets but, sometimes, it ends with odd rewards for odd achievements.
It’s all about timing, really. Colby Rasmus gets a big raise from his 2012 salary, up to $4.675 million from $2.7 mil after posting career highs in home runs and RBI, as the Blue Jays press release points out.
The thing about Rasmus in 2012 was he played, well, not so great. He made outs in buckets and looked generally awful outside the three good weeks after a swing change. His .297 wOBA is the lowest of his career but home runs and ribbies! Here’s a big fat raise – it’s the nature of the service time beast. Considering he received a $30 000 raise after putting up a .276/.361/.498 season with 23 home runs in his second full season, it all equals out.
Flawed or not, there is one thing we must always remember when considering arbitration raises: just don’t.