February 17, 2010

Doing Arbitration Right

Maybe the Nats are a little arb happy. Maybe the Lerners are cheap. Maybe Stan Kasten's stubborn, or maybe Mike Rizzo has an ego the size of Livan Hernandez. I don't know... and neither do you. Here's what I know: just because you decide to take a player to arbitration doesn't mean you have to trash him. From Nationals Journal:

According to Bruney, Washington argued for the lesser of those salaries by emphasizing the relief pitcher's recent injury history.

It's easy to see how disagreements about a pitcher's talent and results can get heated and leave hard feelings. It's harder to see how a player can get very upset about the observation that he just hasn't been 100% for the last few years.

Rizzo: You've been banged up.
Bruney: Have not.
Rizzo: Have too.
Bruney: It's just a flesh wound.

In any case, Bruney said he trusted the market to tell him what he's worth, and the market has spoken.


Harper said...

What you didn't hear is that Rizzo said that Bruney's injury was that his "face was broken it was so ugly".

Nate said...

Arbitration hearings should be decided by an exchange of "Yo Momma" jokes.

Arthur, king of the Britons said...

What are you gonna do? Bleed on me?

Nate said...

Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.