01/18/13 11:57 PM ET
Bucs cut arbitration list in half with two deals
Sanchez, Jones sign; figures exchanged with Walker, McDonald
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Jones, who was the only Bucs player to go through a hearing a year ago, signed for $4.5 million, according to a report by The Associated Press. Last February, the arbitration panel ruled in favor of the club in awarding Jones a salary of $2.25 million, which had been very close to his request for $2.5 million.Sanchez's $1.75 million deal was announced by his agency, Beverly Hills Sports Council, early on in one of the busiest days on baseball's fiscal calendar, when typically dozens of contracts are struck in anticipation of that requirement. Pittsburgh had entered the offseason with a total of eight arbitration-eligible players: Jeff Karstens had been non-tendered and days ago re-signed for $2.5 million; Charlie Morton also negotiated a new deal at $2 million; and relievers Joel Hanrahan and Chris Resop were both traded. Sanchez earned a near-Major League minimum $483,000 last season, which he began with the Miami Marlins prior to his acquisition by the Pirates at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. In Pittsburgh, he batted .241 in 50 games. As are Walker and McDonald, Sanchez was eligible for arbitration for the first time. Jones was getting his second opportunity to go through the process.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.