The Yankees signed Wilson Betemit and are close to a deal with Chien-Ming Wang. But they remain far apart with Robinson Cano.
At this point, arbitration is pretty simple. Either the sides make a deal or a neutral party will select one of the salaries submitted. The Yankees haven’t gone to a hearing with a player since Mariano Rivera in 2000. The Yankees submitted $7.25 million that year while Rivera was seeking $9.25 million. The team won the hearing.
The Mets haven’t gone to arbitration since 1993, thats how much they dislike the process. Little good comes of sitting in a room with your player and laying out all the reasons he shouldn’t get paid what he wants. You can say it’s not personal but everybody takes their salary personally, no mater the occupation.