Now Commenting On:

Edwin Jackson's case tied to peer's

Edwin Jackson's case tied to peer's

PHOENIX -- As the D-backs' Feb. 17 salary-arbitration hearing with Edwin Jackson draws closer, you can bet the club will be keeping a close eye on what happens between Wandy Rodriguez and the Astros.

The fellow pitchers are in the same arbitration class based on service time and other factors, and because of that, what Rodriguez ends up making will have an effect on what Jackson makes.

For example, last year the D-backs were set to go to a hearing with outfielder Conor Jackson. Arizona filed a contract figure of $2.45 million, while Jackson countered with $3.65 million -- the arbitration panel must pick one figure or the other.

Andre Ethier was a member of Conor Jackson's arbitration class and when the Dodgers signed Ethier to a $3.1 million deal Feb. 17 just before his hearing that prompted the D-backs to agree to pay Conor Jackson $3.05 million. Conor Jackson's hearing had been set for the next day and he was in the car driving from Tucson to Phoenix when the settlement was reached.

One difference this year is that the Astros have a policy of not negotiating a settlement with a player past a certain date. That deadline came and went Monday, so it looks like Rodriguez's case will go to a hearing, also set for Feb. 17.

Rodriguez is seeking $7 million, and the club is offering $5 million. Should the sides not reach an agreement before the hearing, Rodriguez's salary will not impact Edwin Jackson because the decisions of the arbitration panel are released at the same time for members of the same class.

While the D-backs have, in the past, given players take-it-or-we're-going-to-a-hearing offers, they do not have a strict policy on the issue.

"It's a case-by-case basis," D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes said.

Whether there will be a settlement with Edwin Jackson before the hearing remains to be seen.

"Obviously the goal is to reach an agreement without a hearing," Byrnes said. "Each case is unique. We'll see what happens. At this point, I'd say that most of our time is focused on getting ready for the hearing."

Edwin Jackson is the lone arbitration-eligible player the D-backs have yet to sign.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español