The Colorado Rockies and second baseman DJ LeMahieu will have a salary arbitration hearing Wednesday, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding:
#Rockies, 2B DJ LeMahieu arbitration hearing scheduled Wednesday. He seeks $3.3 MM, team offered $2.8 MM. Still time to reach agreement.— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) February 16, 2016
As Harding notes, the Rockies offered LeMahieu $2.8 million for 2016 while the second baseman seeks $3.3 million.
Expect Rockies, DJ LeMahieu to avoid arbitration
The Rockies and DJ LeMahieu likely won't go to a hearing, but the All-Star second baseman should still expect to be paid a bit more than the $3.05 million midpoint.
This will be the second straight season the Rockies have gone to arbitration with a player after having not done so since 2007, they won their arbitration case with Wilin Rosario last year, a case that featured the same salary numbers as LeMahieu's case this year. The Rockies have won three of the four arbitration cases they have been through in franchise history.
LeMahieu made his first All-Star appearance in 2015, his age 26 season, hitting .301/.358/.388 with six home runs and 23 stolen bases. He also won a Gold Glove in 2014. He came to the Rockies in December 2011 along with Tyler Colvin in a trade with the Cubs for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers. He has accumulated 6.5 rWAR in 489 games over his four seasons in Colorado, hitting .286/.331/.373 with 101 extra-base hits and 52 stolen bases.
This is LeMahieu's first year as an arbitration eligible player, he was one of three Rockies with whom the Rockies submitted arbitration figures for before settling at a $3.5 million salary for Charlie Blackmon and a figure of $5 million with Nolan Arenado.
The teams still can work out a deal, though they have only about 24 hours to do so, so that seems unlikely at this point.