MLB Arbitration Hearings During 2022 Regular Season

Both MLB and the Players Association (MLBPA) approved a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) earlier this month, ending the lockout after 99 days. Spring training games are now underway ahead of Opening Day, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 7.

When the new CTC was ratified, free will and trades immediately resumed. There was a flurry of activity as teams looked to complete their rosters for the 2022 season.

Now that most of the dust has settled, clubs have started to focus on resolving the wages of players eligible for arbitration. The deadline to do so was last Tuesday, which saw dozens of players agree to one-year contracts for the 2022 season.

Those who didn’t reach an agreement would have their salaries settled in arbitration hearings during the regular season, via Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com:

This year, the arbitration swap date will be March 22, with hearings taking place during the season.

As it stands, there are more than 25 players on track to make it to a hearing with their respective teams. That doesn’t apply to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who signed Trea Turner, Julio Urias and Caleb Ferguson to avoid arbitration with each for the 2022 regular season.

Turner would have accepted a salary of $21 million, Urias settled at $8 million and Ferguson will earn $762,500. Turner topped MLB Trade Rumors’ salary projection ($19.8 million), as did Ferguson ($700,000) as he tries to rebound after missing all of 2021 while recovering from surgery to Tommy John. Urias fell below his salary projection ($8.8 million).

Bellinger signed to avoid arbitration ahead of MLB lockout

Before the MLB lockout from December, Cody Bellinger and the Dodgers agreed to a contract worth $17 million to avoid arbitration. It was the 26-year-old’s third time going through the process.

Bellinger is coming off the worst statistical year of his career after going just .165/.240/.302 with nine doubles, 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in 95 games. He managed to right the ship in October, becoming one of the Dodgers’ best hitters in the playoffs.

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Neal T. Doss