It isn’t exactly surprising news to anyone familiar with the Oakland Athletics that they won their arbitration hearing against right-hander Jarrod Parker. The surprising part is that they were at the hearing at all.
During Billy Beane‘s tenure as general manager of the Athletics the team has only been unable to settle with two players and therefore been to just two hearings since 1997. Pitchers Ariel Prieto and Juan Cruz took the A’s to arbitration hearings in 2001 and 2005.
Otherwise the A’s have been able to negotiate with all their arbitration eligible players. Prior to last season right fielder Josh Reddick took the A’s almost to the day of the hearing but the two parties were able to settle on a number.
This year the A’s had a staggering number of arbitration eligible players. There were 12 and all were able to settle without a hearing, except for right-handed starter Jarrod Parker and newly acquired All-Star set-up man Tyler Clippard.
To find out more about why Parker’s case was so inter@MLBHotCorneresting and quite a gamble for the young pitcher use the link below to read the rest of my post at Baseball Hot Corner: