Big league teams are now 6-3 in arbitration cases this winter as the Rockies won their arbitration case against Wilin Rosario and will pay him $2.8 million this season. Rosario had asked for $3.3 million in his first year of arbitration.
Rosario was projected to make $3.5 million in arbitration this season by MLB Trade Rumors.
The Rockies may have gotten a bit lucky as Rosario entered arbitration coming off his worst big league season in 2014. Injuries limited Rosario to 106 games and 410 plate appearances last season in which he hit .267/.305/.435 with 13 home runs and 54 runs batted in.
The question with Rosario has always been his defense behind the plate, and 2015 will likely see him moved away from primarily being a catcher to first base and perhaps even right field if the situation calls for it. The move to first base gives Rosario a chance to be on the left side of a platoon with Justin Morneau. Rosario has always hit lefties well, hitting .317/.346/.644 against them in 2014 and .328/.361/.647 against southpaws in his career.