NEW YORK – Atlanta’s short-lived Dansby Swanson became the fourth Braves World Series member to head to salary arbitration, asking a three-person panel to pay $10 million Tuesday while Braves argued for $9.2 million.
A decision is expected from Jean Charles, Richard McNeil and Scott Buchet on Wednesday.
Swanson, 28, hit 0.248 last year, when he hit his career highs with 27 Homers and 88 RBIs. He had a pair of Reptiles and three RBIs in the World Championships against Houston, helping the Braves win their first title since 1995.
Swanson made $6 million last season and is eligible for free agency after the world championships. He entered on Tuesday with an average of 274, a homer’s six, and a 26 RBI.
A decision is also expected on Wednesday for Braves’ Adam Duvall. Asking for an increase from $5 million to $10.275 million during Friday’s hearing, Braves demanded $9.275 million in a case heard by Gary Kendelin, Keith Greenberg and Jill Vernon.
Duvall led the Eredivisie with 113 RBI last year for Miami and Atlanta, which took over on July 30. The 33-year-old hit .228 with 38 home runs during the season and has had two Crawlers and six RBIs in the World Championships. He also qualifies for free agency after this season and hit .199 with three homeowners and 18 RBI this year.
No statistics or evidence from after March 1st other than contract and salary comparisons are accepted. The timing was set when Major League Baseball and the Players’ Union agreed to the deal that ended the shutdown.
Atlanta’s third policeman, Austin Riley ($3.95 million), and Braves’ injured loyalist Luke Jackson ($3.6 million) have lost their case, and bowler Max Fried is still scheduled for a hearing.
The teams lead 5-2 in decisions: Seattle runner-up/defender Adam Frazier ($8 million), Kansas City player Andrew Benentende ($8.5 million), St. Louis player Tyler O’Neal ($3.4 million) and Miami on the right. Hander Pablo Lopez ($2.45 million) and Milwaukee right-hander Adrian Houser ($2.425 million) lost.
Arbitration sessions usually take place during the first three weeks of February but have been delayed due to the shutdown.
Hearings are scheduled until June 24. Other players still scheduled for hearings include New York Yankees player Aaron Judge, Cubs runner-up Wilson Contreras, Minnesota runner Gary Sanchez, Miami runner Jacob Stallings, Seattle runner-up Jesse Winker, Seattle runner-up Nikki Lopez and Cincinnati pitcher Lucas Sims.