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Rockies’ Nolan Arenado headed for record arbitration salary

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is well on his way to a record salary via the arbitration process.

Arenado and the Rockies swapped figures on Friday, with the third baseman asking for $30 million and the team offering $24 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Even if the Rockies were to win proceedings, the $24 million salary would still set a new record for an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing the $23 million figure the Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson settled on prior to 2018.

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, it is likely that the two sides will settle before going to a hearing, placing the record figure somewhere between the two.

Arenado hit .297 with 38 home runs last season, a year in which he made $17.75 million. It’s plausible that he could also break the record for the biggest raise to come from arbitration, also set earlier this offseason, though that one might be a bit tougher.


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