Four Dodgers file for arbitration
Team can still negotiate with players until panel's rulings are issued
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Jonathan Broxton, Andre Ethier, Russell Martin and Jason Repko filed for salary arbitration Thursday.
Clubs and players will exchange salary figures Tuesday in a process that could lead to a February hearing and decision by a panel of arbitrators. Should the case go to a hearing, the panel must select one of the two figures submitted, nothing in between. However, negotiations can continue up to the time of the panel's decision and usually result in a settlement.
Arbitration is generally available to tendered players with at least three years of Major League service, and less than six years. Ethier and Martin, however, are considered "Super-Twos," players that rank in the top 17 percent of the class with two-plus years of service and will be eligible for arbitration an extra year.
Neither will be eligible for free agency until after the 2012 season. Broxton and Repko will be eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.
The filings will be based on last year's salaries for the players -- Broxton ($454,000), Ethier ($424,500), Martin ($500,000) and Repko ($487,500).
Dating to 1975 -- when an arbitration hearing awarded Ron Cey a $56,000 salary over the Dodgers' offer of $47,000 -- the club is 14-6 in cases decided with a hearing and haven't lost one since 2001.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.