Lincecum and Verlander Headline Arbitration List MLB Betting

MLB betting on San Francisco pitcher Tim Lincecum and Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander was very successful last season.

Those two players are going to be well paid in 2010 as they are headed to arbitration. Baseball betting had 35 players set for arbitration hearings next month.

MLB betting will see a number of those players reaching agreements before the arbitration hearings.  Normally the player and the team reach and agreement before it goes to a hearing, sometimes at the last minute.  There have already been 70 players that reached agreement with their clubs, avoiding arbitration. Lincecum is the big name in arbitration.  He is asking for a record $13 million dollars.  Considering he has won the Cy Young Award twice, he just may get it.  MLB betting indicated that the Giants offered him $8 million.

The rule for players qualifying for arbitration has any player with three or more years in the league but less than six years. Also, a player with at least two but not three years can qualify if he was in the top 17 percent and that is Lincecum’s situation.  The arbitration hearings are scheduled for February if the sides can’t reach an agreement. Lincecum made $650,000 last season.  He is 40-17 in his career and has a 2.90 ERA. He is almost always a favorite in MLB betting and for good reason.

Verlander is another big name in MLB betting that is going to arbitration.  The Tigers offered him $6.9 million while Verlander requested $9.5 million. Many baseball betting people believe the two sides will reach an agreement before next month. Verlander finished third this past season in American League Cy Young voting.

Other top names in MLB betting that are scheduled for arbitration are Los Angeles Angels pitcher Joe Saunders, Philadelphia's Joe Blanton, Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino.  MLB betting indicated that Houston's Wandy Rodriguez and Hunter Pence were also on the list as was Arizona pitcher Edwin Jackson and Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton.

Many teams avoided arbitration with their players.  Top baseball betting names like Jonathan Papelbon came to terms. He signed a one-year deal for more than $9 million. Colorado closer Huston Street signed a three year deal with Colorado.  Angels ace Jered Weaver who is a baseball betting favorite signed a one-year deal while Texas signed Josh Hamilton.  St. Louis avoided arbitration as baseball betting had it and signed outfielder Ryan Ludwick while the Dodgers agreed with catcher Russell Martin, first baseman James Loney, right fielder Andre Either and relievers Jonathan Broxton, George Sherrill and Hong-Chih Kuo.