Ethier, Broxton, Weaver, Saunders file for arbitration
Outfielder Andre Ethier and closer Jonathan Broxton were among seven Dodgers filing for salary arbitration today, with pitchers Jered Weaver and Joe Saunders among eight Angels to do so.Matt Kemp was among the Dodgers to file, simply a formality until he passes the physical examination necessary to complete his two-year, $10.95-million contract. The other Dodgers to file: first baseman James Loney, catcher Russell Martin and relievers Hong-Chih Kuo and George Sherrill.
In addition to Weaver and Saunders, the Angels players to file: infielders Erick Aybar, Maicer Izturis and Howie Kendrick, catchers Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli and outfielder Reggie Willits.According to the players' association, 128 players filed, including such stars as Tim Lincecum, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander and Jonathan Papelbon. Teams and players are scheduled to exchange proposed salaries on Tuesday and face off in arbitration hearings next month, but contract agreements are reached in most cases before a hearing takes place.
For those cases that do reach a hearing, a three-person panel of arbitrators selects either the team's proposed salary or the player's proposed salary, with no latitude to award a compromise figure. All contracts awarded in hearings are for one year.
-- Bill Shaikin
Photo: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier follows through on a home run in Game 5 of the NLCS against Philadelphia last fall. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times