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:
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.
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.
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.