First-Time Arbitration Eligible For 2013

Some pre-arbitration eligible players have already signed million dollar extensions, but arbitration eligibility represents the first chance at a seven figure deal for most Major Leaguers. Here’s a look at which players could be arbitration eligible after the 2012 season. Keep in mind that some of these players could sign extensions and that others will spend too much time in the minor leagues to qualify for arbitration after the season.  

I'm assuming the super two cutoff will be less than two years and 146 days of service time (this year's cutoff) given the changes in the new collective bargaining agreement. I've included possible super twos below, adding an asterisk (*) for those with more than a year and 110 days of service but less than a year and 146 days. Here's the position-by-position breakdown:


Matt Wieters, Alex Avila, Buster Posey and A.J. Ellis will be eligible for arbitration a year from now. Jonathan Lucroy* figures to qualify and Carlos Santana* could be eligible if the cutoff drops considerably. Backups Francisco Cervelli, John Jaso, Taylor Teagarden and Josh Thole* are also on track for eligibility.

First Basemen

Matt LaPorta, Gaby Sanchez and Ike Davis are on track for eligibility following the 2012 season and Justin Smoak* could join them. Sanchez is currently on track for the biggest arb-1 salary from this group, but that could change in 2012.

Second Basemen

Gordon Beckham, Daniel Murphy and Neil Walker figure to be eligible a year from now and Eric Young Jr.* could also qualify. Walker, a projected super two player, has discussed an extension with the Pirates.

Third Basemen

David Freese is all-but certain to qualify following the 2012 season. Chris Johnson* and Danny Valencia* may be eligible, depending on where the super two cutoff falls.


The shortstop class figures to be relatively deep, with regulars such as Alcides Escobar, Reid Brignac, Ian Desmond and Starlin Castro on track for eligibility. Everth Cabrera and Angel Sanchez also figure to qualify.


Everyday players such as Matt Joyce, Drew Stubbs, Brennan Boesch, Jason Heyward, Austin Jackson and Chris Heisey will qualify after the season. Nolan Reimold, Kyle Blanks, Roger Bernadina, Travis Snider, Gerardo ParraJason Bourgeois, Chris Coghlan, Shelley Duncan and Julio Borbon won't necessarily play every day, but they are on track for eligibility nonetheless. Michael Saunders*, Michael Brantley*, Tyler Colvin*, Sam Fuld* and Jordan Schafer* could qualify, depending on the cutoff. If Giancarlo Stanton* qualifies, expect him to be among the best-paid first-time eligible players of the 2012-13 offseason.

Starting Pitchers

Ian Kennedy, Tommy Hanson, Derek Holland, Jonathon Niese, Chris Narveson, Mat Latos, Brett Cecil, Bud Norris, Neftali Feliz, Doug Fister, Jhoulys Chacin, Philip Humber and Mike Leake have rotation spots at this point and project as first-time eligible players next offseason. Josh Outman, Tommy Hunter and Brian Matusz have started in the past and will also qualify. Esmil Rogers* and a trio of young stars — Madison Bumgarner*, Stephen Strasburg* and Daniel Hudson* — could qualify depending on where the cutoff falls.


Right-handers Mitchell Boggs, David HernandezBobby Parnell, Rich Thompson, Kevin Jepsen, Ryan Webb, John AxfordCristhian Martinez and Jeff Samardzija should qualify along with left-handers Tony Sipp, Brian Duensing, Jerry Blevins, Antonio Bastardo, Jonny VentersMarc Rzepczynski and Ross Detwiler. Don't rule out Drew Storen*, Mark Melancon*, Dan Runzler*, Andrew Cashner*, Alexi Ogando* and Henry Rodriguez*. They could also qualify, depending on the placement of the super two cutoff. Extension candidates Axford and Storen have impressive save totals and would be in line for substantial paydays even on one-year deals.


Cameron Maybin, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata*, Wade Davis and Sergio Santos have signed extensions, though they don’t yet have enough service time to qualify for arbitration. This group would likely have been first-time eligible following the 2012 season.

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3 years 5 months ago

They should lock up Stanton now

3 years 5 months ago

Stanton, Sanchez (Anibel) even Gaby and possibly Bonifacio through his arbitration years.

The Fish have a LOT of young, core people not tied up and lets not forget LoMo either.

3 years 5 months ago

Not all of them are worth locking up. I only take chances on Giancarlo, not even on LoMo.

3 years 5 months ago

Morrison they probably would want to hold off on another year and see if he is more stable say… That unstable manager they just hired and unstable pitcher from the Cubs they just got…

Bonifacio would be iffy, but after watching the transformation he had under Trader jack last season? it’s like a 100% new player he became and it they could find a position for the guy… he looked a whole lot better as a marlin than did cameron mayben and I watched both play for them…

3 years 5 months ago

LoMo is not an OF defensively and not a 1B offensively. Like you suggested, you gotta wait and watch. Same thing with Bonifacio. Again just one good season so far. Stanton is different. He has had potential and performance to back up a contract extension.

3 years 5 months ago

I am with you on Stanton having the ability here, then we are seeing teams now tilt towards gamble type deals, even the maybin contract was a gamble one.. Remember he was nothing short of awful for 2 and a half seasons before having that decent season for the padres, his only one yet.

not saying the Fish should go out and give LoMo any kind of deal, but I am one of the Fish fans saying both Stanton and Sanchez (Anibel) are must signs, with Gaby, even his age at 28 without going to look, being a fair candidate for an extreme team friendly deal and I am in favor (iffy) on bonifacio if he repeats his 2011 success, or gets off to a hot start and maintains by the AS break, plus they make a move and find him a permanent position that does *NOT* involve 3b again for him.

3 years 5 months ago

Sanchez seems to hold more value to Marlins than Hamels to Phillies and Cain to Giants right now. Without Anibal, you only Josh and Mark for next season. I can see why you want him locked up.

3 years 5 months ago

My man Cliff Pennington will also be arbitration eligible for the first time in 2013.