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Padres and Gregerson Make a Deal – Two Left in Arbitration
One of the three players left in arbitration finally reached a $3.2 million deal with the Padres. Luke Gregerson signed a one-year deal with the Padres, countering their original offering of $2.8 million for the 2013 season. Gregerson is represented by managing agency O’Connell Sports. The reliever had originally asked for $3.75 million and the Padres countered on Jan. 18 with their $2.8 million offering.
The deal was finally struck when the two agreed to the $3.2 million deal for the upcoming season. Gregerson who is 28 had a great season in 2012. He was 2-0 with a whopping 2.39 ERA in just 77 games. Earlier in the month, he was the only representative of the Padres to join TEAM USA’s roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
With Gregerson finally on board, the Padres now have only two players who are eligible for arbitation. These include Clayton Richard, pitcher and Chase Headley, third baseman. Headley was offered just over $7 million for the upcoming season but countered the Padres’ offer with his own $10 million request. He finished off the 2012 season with a vote for the National League VIP and the salary offered to him by the Padres will more than double what he made for that season.
Richard was offered $4.9 million but countered that offer with $5.5 million. Arbitration hearings for the remaining two players will begin on February 4th and should run through February 20th. If in fact a hearing is needed, the arbiter will choose the salary figure based on testaments from both the Padres’ organization and the specific player. Once the arbitration goes to hearing, the decision of the arbiter is considered binding and must be honored.