The Pittsburgh Pirates have won their arbitration case against 1B Garrett Jones, saving the team a whopping $225,000 bucks. Somehow the two sides were not able to bridge that insurmountable gap and the Pirates were able to convince an arbitrator that Jones sucks slightly less than he thinks he does.
I’m not sure why the two sides stuck to their guns all the way to arbitration over such a small amount by MLB standards, I’m also pretty sure there is little chance Jones is with the team next year as he will be arbitration eligible again next season and if the Pirates are to move forward 1B is one spot that must improve.
Casey McGehee also is locked up now, after reaching an eleventh hour deal with the Bucs. The Pirates number was $2.35 million compared to that of McGehee who wanted $2.275. According to Rob Biertempfel (who hates me), the Pirates and McGehee met in the middle at $2,537,500 bucks.
See, the Pirates are willing to negotiate.