Average raise slows for players in arbitration

Updated: February 16, 2012, 9:35 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- With Gio Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw and Pablo Sandoval getting the steepest increases, the overall rise of salaries for players in arbitration slowed to its lowest level since 2007.

The 142 players who filed for arbitration last month averaged an 89 percent increase, according to a study of agreements by The Associated Press. That was down from an average jump of 123 percent last year and was the lowest increase since a 73 percent rise in 1996.

Gonzalez, acquired by Washington ...

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