It’s that time of year again. Arbitration estimates have been released, and they are usually pretty accurate. Let’s take a look at the Seattle Mariners and their arbitration candidates, and play a game of Deal or No Deal. Who is worth keeping around, and who should we decline.
The Seattle Mariners arbitration candidates total nine heading into the 2018-19 off-season. This is up a little bit from last year when they had seven players eligible for arbitration. The dollar amount is a bit more as well. This year they have a projected $33.5 million if they were to re-sign every eligible player. Last year was only $24.6 million. The main reason for this increase comes from two players, as James Paxton and Alex Colome make up nearly half the amount.
When it comes to the Seattle Mariners arbitration candidates, some of them are no-brainers. Whether it is “DEAL or NO DEAL”, it’s an easy answer. Some of them are much tougher. We need to look and see if the risk is worth the reward with the player. For others, it depends on their durability, and whether or not they can play enough games to take up a valuable roster spot.
Let’s dive in and take a look at the nine Seattle Mariners arbitration candidates. DEAL means the Mariners should take the player at that salary. NO DEAL means they shouldn’t. Keep in mind, these are projected numbers, although they are normally fairly accurate. It’s time to play DEAL or NO DEAL; Seattle Mariners style.