Votto files for arbitrationHamilton, Papelbon, also line up
By Sports Network
|National League MVP and Toronto native Joey Votto has filed for salary arbitration. (ANDY LYONS/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - A total of 119 players filed for salary arbitration on Friday, including 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton and NL MVP Joey Votto.
Teams and players will exchange proposed salaries on Tuesday with arbitration hearings next month. However, many contract agreements are reached before a hearing takes place.
For the cases that do go to a hearing, a three-member panel of arbitrators selects either the team's proposed salary or the player's proposed salary, with no compromise figure. All contracts awarded in hearings are for one year.
Hamilton batted .359 with 32 home runs, 100 RBI, and a 1.044 OPS in 133 games during 2010. The 29-year-old added five home runs and nine RBI in 16 games during the postseason to help the Rangers reach the World Series for the first time in club history.
The Rangers outfielder is currently in the hospital with a case of pneumonia, but has shown "significant" improvement and is expected to be released by the weekend.
Hamilton is expected to resume conditioning and normal baseball activities within several days of his release.
Votto flirted with the Triple Crown for the NL Central-champion Reds, but ultimately finished second in average (.324), third in home runs (37) and third in RBI (113). He did, however, top the NL in on-base percentage (.424), slugging percentage (.600) and OPS (1.024).
The first baseman led Cincinnati to its first postseason appearance since 1995.
Other big names filing for arbitration include closer Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox and pitcher Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics.
Papelbon appeared in 65 games last season and finished 5-7 with 37 saves and a 3.90 ERA. Over his six seasons in the majors, he is 19-18 with 188 saves and a 2.22 ERA.
Braden's 2010 season was highlighted by a perfect game on May 9 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He needed 109 pitches, 77 of which were strikes, to toss the 19th perfect game in MLB history.
In total last season, Braden went 11-14 with a 3.50 ERA. He pitched five complete games along the way. Over four years in the big leagues, Braden is 25-35 with a 4.20 ERA.
Other players filing for arbitration include Atlanta Braves infielder Martin Prado, Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell and outfielder Ryan Ludwick and San Francisco Giants outfielder Cody Ross and pitcher Jonathan Sanchez.