Rockies sign Chad Bettis, Tyler Anderson and Tony Wolters, avoiding arbitration

The Rockies entered the offseason with eight players up for arbitration, including all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado. Friday at 11 a.m. marked the deadline for teams and players to exchange salary figures, with almost all players expected to sign one-year deals.

Here’s a breakdown of the contracts signed so far:

  • Right-handed starter/reliever Chad Bettis, one year, $3.35 million (signed Friday)
  • Left-handed starter Tyler Anderson, one year, $2.625 million (signed Friday)
  • Catcher Tony Wolters, one year, $960,000 (signed Friday)
  • Right-handed reliever Scott Oberg, one-year, $1.3 million (signed Thursday).
  • Left-handed reliever Chris Rusin, one-year,  $1.69 million (signed in November)

Arenado is entering the final year of his contract and he’s projected to make at least $25 million, which would be the most for any player in an arbitration year. Josh Donaldson currently holds the record, set last year when he avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $23 million contract with Toronto.

The other two Rockies expected to sign contracts today are shortstop Trevor Story, who’s entering arbitration for the first time, and will likely land a contract worth more than $6 million, and right-handed starter Jon Gray, also arbitration-eligible for the first time, who’s in line to make about $3 million.

Most big-league teams have adopted a “file and trial” approach to arbitration, meaning that once arbitration figures are exchanged with a player, negotiations on a one-year deal will cease. The two parties may still discuss a multi-year deal after that point, but the majority of players who don’t finalized contracts today will head to an arbitration hearing.

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