An arbitration hearing is something that you never hope to go through as a player, or a front office manager. Why? Because they have to potential to torch relationships. For those of you not aware of how it works, I’ll explain it in the simplest way possible.
When a player and a team cannot come to an agreement on the amount of money a player will receive in the upcoming season, they sometimes go to an arbitration hearing and each side argues what they believe they deserve and why. Well, if the team doesn’t agree with the amount the player thinks they deserve, then the only way to argue that they deserve less is to bring to light the faults of a player. Well, If that player just so happens to be the most talented player to ever wear your uniform and there was already doubt that said player may not re-sign but you want to make the best impression possible on him staying it would probably be wise to give said player what he wants, right?
Yeah, you do. The Colorado Rockies and superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado were heading towards an arbitration hearing and earlier in the offseason they appeared to be discussing, or beginning to discuss, a long-term contract extension that would keep Nolan in Denver for many years to come. And then, once arbitration eligible players started getting their money figured out, there was one player that lagged behind. That player was Nolan Arenado.