Tuesday was the last day for arbitration-eligible players to sign 2012 contracts before the arbitration process begins with an exchange of salary figures. Thus, it was a deadline day for some MLB teams teams that have a policy of not continuing negotiations after arbitration numbers are exchanged.
The big arbitration news involved two aces, the Phillies' Cole Hamels and the Giants' Tim Lincecum. Hamels avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $15 million deal for 2012 with the Phillies, while Lincecum is headed to arbitration.
The biggest signing beyond Hamels was Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, who got $10.95 plus incentives from the Dodgers.
Among other signings Tuesday:
-- Jacoby Ellsbury got $8.05 million from the Red Sox.
-- Francisco Rodriguez got $8 million plus incentives from the Brewers.
-- Michael Bourn got $6,845,000 from the Braves.
-- Delmon Young got $6.75 million from the Tigers.
-- James Loney got $6.375 plus bonuses from the Dodgers.
-- Mike Pelfrey got $5,687,500 from the Mets, with incentive bonuses based on innings pitched.
-- Jair Jurrjens got $5.5 million from the Braves.
-- Francisco Liriano got $5.5 million from the Twins.
-- Erick Aybar got $5.075 million from the Angels.
-- Shin-Soo Choo got $4.9 million from the Indians.
-- Jason Vargas got $4.85 million from the Mariners.
-- David Price got $4.35 million from the Rays.
-- Geovany Soto got $4.3 million from the Cubs.
-- Brandon League got $5 million from the Mariners.
-- Justin Masterson got $3.825 million from the Indians.
-- Max Scherzer got $3.75 million plus bonuses from the Tigers.
-- Luke Hochevar got $3.51 million from the Royals.
-- Tom Gorzelanny got $2.7 million from the Nationals.
-- Jordan Zimmermann got $2.3 million from the Nationals.
-- Joba Chamberlain got about $1.675 million from the Yankees.
-- David Robertson got $1.6 million plus incentives from the Yankees.
-- Glen Perkins got $1.55 million from the Twins.
-- Wilson Valdez got $930,000 from the Phillies.
-- Don Kelly got $900,000 from the Tigers.
-- John Baker got $750,000 from the Padres.