Smyly among 7 Mariners facing arb deadline

Fellow newcomers Dyson, Valencia also on list

Smyly among 7 Mariners facing arb deadline

SEATTLE -- Seven Mariners -- including recently acquired pitcher Drew Smyly, outfielder Jarrod Dyson and first baseman Danny Valencia -- face a Friday deadline of 11 a.m. PT to come to contract terms or they'll begin the arbitration process to determine their salaries for 2017.

Most arbitration-eligible players and teams come to agreement on one-year deals before the deadline, but in cases where they don't, both parties must submit a salary number and a binding arbitration panel will ultimately pick one or the other if the two sides don't reach a compromise before mid-February hearings. Shortstop Jean Segura, who was eligible for arbitration for the second time, reportedly reached a one-year, $6.2 million agreement to avoid arbitration, according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.

In addition to the offseason trade acquisitions, the other Mariners still facing the arbitration process are outfielder Leonys Martin, relievers Evan Scribner and Nick Vincent and starting pitcher James Paxton. All eight are under contract with Seattle for 2017, the only question is how much money they'll earn.

Per MLBTradeRumors.com, which annually projects the likely salary figures for all arbitration-eligible players, Smyly could make $6.9 million, Martin $6.3 million, Valencia $5.3 million, Paxton $2.7 million, Dyson $2.5 million, Vincent $1.5 million and Scribner $1.1 million.

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The Mariners have only had two cases since 2000 go to an arbitration hearing. Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen in 2014 wound up losing as the panel sided with the team's offer of $1.4 million over his requested $2.2 million. That was the first arbitration hearing for the club since 2003, when starting pitcher Freddy Garcia won his case for $6.875 million over the team's $5.9 million offer.

Valencia and Dyson are in their third and final years of arbitration eligibility, meaning they'll be free agents next year. Smyly, Martin and Scribner are in their second years, while Vincent and Paxton are in their first years. Paxton is a Super Two qualifier, meaning he enters the arbitration process a year early based on his service time and will have four years of arbitration eligibility.

Smyly, acquired from the Rays in a Wednesday trade, took Tampa Bay to an arbitration hearing last year and won his case, earning $3.75 million after the club offered $3.2 million.

General manager Jerry Dipoto said no agreement was in place with Smyly at the time of the trade.

"We do not have a deal," Dipoto said. "He is arbitration-eligible and will join the seven others in our current mix we're in negotiations with. We don't expect it to be too big a hangup."

Players become eligible for arbitration after they've acquired at least three years and less than six years of Major League service time. The exception to that is the Super Two qualifiers, like Paxton, who become eligible a year earlier because they're in the top 22 percent in terms of players with at least two and less than three years of service time.

Catcher Jesus Sucre also fell into the Super Two category this year, but the Mariners have already reached a contract settlement with him for $630,000.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.