Major League Baseball pitched an arbitration shutout. Reliever Darren O'Day completed a two-year, $5.8-million US contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, becoming the final player to settle without a hearing among the 133 who filed for arbitration Jan. 15. This was the first year since arbitration began in 1974 that no player who filed went to a hearing. Baseball's previous record low was three hearings, set in 2005 and matched in 2009 and 2011. Arbitration was suspended in 1976 and 1977 while free agency was put in place. The high was 35 hearings in 1986, but teams have signed more of their young stars to contracts before hearings in recent years, giving many of them multiyear deals. Owners won five of seven hearings in 2012.
No MLB salary arbitration hearings this year
CBC Sports | Feb 18