First Time Arbitration-Eligibles

More than 80 players project to be eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2010 season.  It's a big step in a player's career; for many, it's the first chance at a million-dollar salary.  Let's go around the diamond and look at some notable first-timers:

Catchers

The Athletics' Kurt Suzuki leads the group.  He's yet to discuss a long-term extension with the A's, but it seems possible.  Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Brayan Pena should also be eligible.

First Basemen

This group has three huge names: Kendry Morales, Joey Votto, and Billy Butler.  They're candidates for extensions, but either way they're getting big raises in 2011.

Second Basemen

Martin Prado may be on his way to a breakout season.  Alberto Callaspo fits here as well, unless you consider him a third baseman.

Shortstops

Some impressive youngsters here: Yunel Escobar, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Brendan Ryan.

Third Basemen

Ian Stewart and Andy LaRoche lead the way, with Stewart a potential Super Two.

Outfielders

Shin-Soo Choo, Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, Ben Zobrist, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Sweeney, Lastings Milledge – it's a talented group.  Choo and Ellsbury are represented by Scott Boras, and thus appear unlikely to sign long-term.

Starting Pitchers

The top names: Jair Jurrjens, Mike Pelfrey, John Lannan, Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, Kevin Slowey, and Phil Hughes.  These days, most of the best young starters are locked up before reaching arbitration.  Brandon Morrow, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Ross Ohlendorf, and Luke Hochevar are more arbitration candidates, with the latter two likely Super Twos.

Relievers

Joba Chamberlain, Jim Johnson, and Chris Perez are the best-known relievers; Perez is a potential Super Two.  The group has more solid members in Eric O'Flaherty, Kyle McClellan, Joe Smith, Aaron Laffey, Burke Badenhop, Edward Mujica, Joel Hanrahan, and Darren O'Day


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