GMDM stays perfect, but at what cost?

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When it comes to arbitration hearings Dayton Moore must shutter like a KU fan come football season.  To date, as General Manager of the Kansas City Royals, Moore has signed eDaytonvery arbitration eligible player to a deal before reaching arbitration.

What is arbitration?  This is an excellent question and one many baseball fans do not understand.  Arbitration is a right granted to players that have accrued 3 years of Major League service, and they maintain this right until they reach 6 years of service, when they can then become free agents.  The hearing itself consists of a three person panel that is agreed upon by both the management and players association as impartial.  Both sides will present their desired salaries and then give a 1 hour argument as to why they deserve it.  The arbitrators will then pick one of the two numbers, and that will be the players salary that season.   An interesting caveat about this whole process is a team cannot low ball a player, even if they stunk it up the year before.  The team must offer at a minimum the salary the player made the year before.  Also it is unwise for the player to make a large demand, as the panel will be comparing that player to other contracts in the MLB that already exist.  So if a player has played for three years at a particular position, they will compare them to other MLB players at that position  with similar numbers.

Yesterday afternoon Moore avoided this process yet again by signing Eric Hosmer to a 2 year deal worth a reported $13.9 million. The contract is a bit end-loaded as Hosmer will earn $5.65 Million this year and $8.25 Million next year.  The $5.65 Million earned by Hosmer this year is the exact middle of the two sides arbitration numbers.  And Moore decided to roll the dice on next year, as Hos will again become eligible for arbitration, thus over paying his current rate to ensure he is with the team beyond 2015.  Before the proceedings of this came out, MLBTR valued Hosmer at $5.2 million, as he posted a weak .270/.318/.389 triple slash  during the 2014 campaign.  It is worth noting that this year was set to be a break out year for Hosmer.  The previous year he got off to a sluggish start racing back to hit .302.  Personally I equated it to the World Baseball Classic taking time out of his Spring development.  However, in 2014 he had a full Spring Training, and still stumbled around.

This season nine Royals were arbitration eligible, and all nine were signed before a hearing could take place.  It is an interesting approach that Dayton Moore takes, especially on a cash strapped team.  But hey, he got us to the World Series last year, so obviously I will have to "Trust the Method" as he so often tells us!

On a side note, Fans of the Kansas City Royals and Royals Blue should be on the look out for some exciting new ventures from your favorite gas bags, as we will be launching a new feature here on So keep reading, and look out for the next generation of Royals Fandom!

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