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Three Diamondbacks Elect Salary Arbitration.

By John Tenney

Three current Diamondbacks players have elected for Salary Arbitration hearings, according to a USA Today article published by the Arizona Republic yesterday. Those players are RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Addison Reed and OF/1B Mark Trumbo. With the Diamondbacks making moves to slash overall club salary, these hearings offer some interesting perspectives on salary projections versus current salaries and how it may affect trade rumors.

To be eligible for salary arbitration a current roster player must have a minimum of three years service within the MLB but no more than six. After six years of service, a player simply becomes a free-agent. The two sides can still reach an agreement before the deadline approaches for the hearing. In this case, both the Arizona Diamond backs and Trumbo, Hellickson and Reed have until this Friday to hammer out a deal on future salary. If no agreement can be made, then the players head to an arbitration hearing.

Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall has said in December of 2014 that he wants to scale back the club’s overall salary figures down from 112 Million to 100 Million. Chief Baseball Officer, Tony LaRussa has mentioned that he’d like to see the overall salary be even more trimmed down, from 80 to 100 Million with future trades bringing more value to the club while keeping them competitive. Which numbers prove to be accurate remain to be seen.

In the case of Mark Trumbo, his salary sits at 5.7 Million, while Addison Reed is at 3.8 Million and Jeremy Hellickson is reporting in at 3.6 Million for one year.

It is worth noting that MLBTradeRumors.com reported on October 12th, that the Diamondbacks expect to have around 67 Million available for contract raises offered to all three players who have elected for salary arbitration. The only question remaining is are all three players worth keeping?

Players and teams are expected to exchange salary figures on Friday. Hearings are scheduled for Feb 1-22.