Three Blue Jays are among a list of 146 Major League Baseball players who are headed for salary arbitration.
Outfielder Colby Rasmus, pitcher Esmil Rogers and all-star reliever Brett Cecil will swap proposed salaries with the Jays Friday and hearings will be scheduled for next month in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Despite having his season cut short by an eye injury, Ramus is coming off a solid campaign, batting .276 with a .338 on-base-percentage with 22 home runs and 66 runs batted in. The Jays' outfielder could see a raise from the $4.675 million US he made in 2013 as he is in his final arbitration year before he can declare for free agency.
Cecil had an excellent season coming out of the bullpen for the Jays, making his first all-star appearance and setting a team record for facing the most batters in a row without allowing a hit. The reliever posted 2.82 earned-run average in 2013 while striking out 70 batters in 60.2 innings. He earned $510,000 on the season.
Rogers was a versatile player for the 2013 Jays, pitching in relief and making 20 starts for the injury plagued club. The 28-year-old made $509,000, while posting a 4.77 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 137.2 innings.
Other notable MLB players include: Cy Young Award winners Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers.
Tampa Bay pitcher David Price, Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Cincinnati pitcher Aroldis Chapman, Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann also were among those who filed Tuesday.
Of the 133 players who filed last year, none went to hearings — the first time since the process began in 1974 that every case settled. After peaking at 35 hearings in 1986, the number of cases argued hasn't reached double digits since 2001. Players in arbitration averaged a 119 per cent increase last year, according to a study by The Associated Press.