Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Resop Signs; Six Eligible for Arbitration

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Resop Signs; Six Eligible for Arbitration

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The Pirates went to work on their arbitration-eligible players Friday, signing reliever Chris Resop to a one-year, $850,000 contract, according to a source.

That leaves six arbitration-eligible players remaining.

The team and the players must exchange their desired salaries by Tuesday, although they can continue to negotiate after that time.

"The number that you file kind of impacts the negotiations," general manager Neal Huntington said earlier this week.

The right-handed Resop, 29, appeared in 76 games for the Pirates in 2011, striking out 79 in 692/3 innings.

He made $431,500 last season. The Pirates claimed him off waivers from the Atlanta Braves in August 2010.

Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Charlie Morton, Jeff Karstens and Casey McGehee all have at least three but less than six years of major league service time, making them eligible for arbitration.

Garrett Jones qualifies as a "Super 2," meaning he ranked in the top 17 percent, in terms of service time, of players with at least two years in the majors.

Each side must submit a desired salary by Tuesday. If they can't agree on a contract, the case goes before a three-person panel, which assigns a one-year, non-guaranteed contract at one amount or the other. The hearings will be Feb. 1-21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"There are situations where you file a number and that number's conducive to negotiations," Huntington said. "We want to take a case- by-case look at each situation."

After the '10 season, the Pirates lost an arbitration case to Ross Ohlendorf, who was awarded a $2,025,000 salary despite a 1-11 record and a lengthy stay on the disabled list.

The Pirates submitted a salary of $1.4 million, almost $1 million more than Ohlendorf's $439,000 salary in '10.

Before Ohlendorf, the previous time the Pirates went to an arbitration hearing was when Jack Wilson won his case and earned $1. …

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