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Friday, February 2 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
An Arbitration Year of Plenty: Record-Setting Baseball Deals

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The Toronto Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson set a new record for a one-year deal in Donaldson’s final year of arbitration eligibility when they settled for a $23,000,000 figure beating three previous marks of importance: The $21,650,000 deal signed between Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals buying out Harper’s final year of arbitration eligibility for the upcoming season, Prince Fielder’s $15,500,000 mark for a position player, and David Price’s $19,750,000 in his final season of arbitration eligibility and the top mark for a starting pitcher. Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs set a new milestone for a first-time salary arbitration-eligible player with a $10,850,000 deal topping Ryan Howard’s $10,000,000 deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010. Jose Abreau and the Chicago White Sox reached a $13,000,000 deal in Abreau’s second time through arbitration after he opted out of his original six-year, $68,000,000 deal. This presentation will discuss some of the analytics and performances behind these negotiations and other major arbitration-eligible deals reached during January 2018 plus a short discussion of the competitive balance tax implications on overall team salary structures.

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Ed Edmonds

Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Notre Dame
Ed Edmonds is Professor Emeritus of Law at the Notre Dame Law School. Professor Edmonds served as a law library director for 35 years at four institutions: Notre Dame, St. Thomas (MN), Loyola New Orleans, and William & Mary. For the past 30 years he has taught sports law and legal... Read More →

Friday February 2, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm CST
Room 6