The annual salary arbitration round-up happened on Tuesday afternoon and four Texas Rangers officially filed for arbitration to get some raises heading into the 2014 season and hopefully avoid an arbitration hearing with the Rangers, something the team hasn't done since 2000 with Lee Stevens.
Arbitration hearings are not fun. In fact, they're a little nasty as both sides present their cases for a raise and the team tries to tear down its own player to avoid giving the amount of money the player wants. It's not a pretty sight.
Neal Cotts, Neftali Feliz, Alexi Ogando and Mitch Moreland all filed for arbitration. Salary figures will be exchanged on Friday, and then the sides will either agree to raises or negotiate more with the potential of a hearing next month.
Cotts might be the most interesting case of all, as he earned $750,000 last year in his return to the big leagues after a four-year absence thanks to numerous injuries and surgeries. He had a standout year for the Rangers as one of their key relievers, putting up a 1.11 ERA and an 8-3 record in 58 appearances.