3 Astros file for salary arbitration Thursday

3 Astros file for salary arbitration Thursday
January 15, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Tuesday 133 MLB players filed for salary arbitration and three players suit up in an Astros uniform. Jed Lowrie, Bud Norris and Wesley Wright all filed.

The way arbitration works is that after notification, the player and team will have three days to submit their arbitration figure for what they believe the player should earn the following season.  These figures are locked in once submitted; however, this does not mean that the negotiation process ceases nor that a negotiated figure need be an arbitration submitted figure.

Lowrie is in his second year of arbitration eligibility and played his first season with the Astros last year after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Red Sox. Lowrie was hampered with injuries last year and hit .244 with 16 home runs and 42 RBI in just 97 games. 2012 was the most games Lowrie has played in a season.

Norris is in his first season or arbitration eligibility and will be looked to eat innings on the front side of the Astros rotation. Norris went 7-13 in 29 starts last season. Norris finished with a 3.77 ERA in 2011, but regressed in an injury riddled season of his own in 2012 and finished with a 4.65 ERA. Norris did strike out 165 in 168.1 innings last season.

Wright is also in his first season of eligibility. In his fifth MLB season Wright pitched in a career high 77 games last year, striking out 54 in 52.1 innings as a middle reliever. 

After notification,all three player and the Astros will have three days to submit their arbitration figure for what they believe each player should earn the following season.  These figures are locked in once submitted, but, this does not mean that the negotiation process ceases nor that a negotiated figure need be an arbitration submitted figure.

The Final step is an arbitration hearing, which are held from February 1-20.  If the sides do not reach an agreement before, a panel of three will be selected by the MLB Labor Relations Department.