No arbitration hearings this year
NEW YORK - Major League Baseball has pitched an arbitration shutout.
Reliever Darren O'Day completed a $5.8 million, two-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles today, becoming the 133rd and final player to settle without a hearing among the 133 who filed for arbitration Jan. 13.
This is the first year since arbitration began in 1974 that no player who filed went to a hearing.
Baseball's previous record low was three hearings, set in 2005 and matched in 2009 and 2011. Arbitration was suspended in 1976 and 1977 while free agency was put in place.
The high was 35 hearings in 1986.