Tuesday, February 3, 2009

"There's a Basic Disagreement About Corey's Value"

Corey Hart appears to be heading to a salary arbitration hearing. The Brewers are offering $2.7M while Hart is asking for $3.8M. Here may be a key piece of evidence:


Curtis Granderson Corey Hart

2004-2007 2004-2008
Yrs 4 5
AB 1395 1412
R 232 203
H 390 391
2B 76 93
3B 36 18
HR 50 55
RBI 162 212
BB 131 86
K 366 278
BA 0.280 0.277
OBP 0.343 0.323
SLG 0.493 0.485
SB 35 53
2009 Salary $3.5M

Granderson's salary is part of a 5-year deal that tops out at $13M in 2013.

A key part of arbitration hearings is a comparison to similar players. Add this to the fact that the Brewers had a record attendance last year and made the playoffs - also contributing factors. I think Doug Melvin might be in some trouble on this one.

Here's another interesting comparison:


Andre Either Corey Hart

2006-2008 2004-2008
Yrs 3
5
AB 1368 1412
R 190 203
H 409 391
2B 90 93
3B 14 18
HR 44 55
RBI 196 212
BB 139 86
K 233 278
BA 0.299 0.277
OBP 0.364 0.323
SLG 0.482 0.485
SB 11 53

Either is also arbitration eligible for the first time. He is asking for $3.75M; the Dodgers are offering $2.65M - numbers eerily similar to Hart's case. Either's arbitration hearing is February 17 - the day before Hart's. If the Dodgers win, expect a last minute settlement. If Either wins, the Brewers are sunk.

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