Luis Araez (26), who became the American League batting champion last year, won the salary adjustment against his team, the Miami Marlins.
Mark Finesand of ‘MLB.com’ said on the 3rd (hereinafter Korean time), “Araez won the annual salary adjustment committee against Miami. He will receive an annual salary of 6.1 million dollars (approximately 7.5 billion won) this year.”메이저놀이터
Araez, who joined Miami through a trade last month, claimed an annual salary of 6.1 million dollars, but Miami offered 5 million dollars (approximately 6.1 billion won). If he ranked first in batting last year, he demanded a drastically increased salary. Araez’s salary last season was $2.125 million. Compared to last year, Araez’s annual salary has tripled this year.
With this, Araez became the first player to beat the club in the Salary Adjustment Committee this year. The previous day, bullpen pitcher Diego Castillo failed to get the salary he wanted against the Seattle Mariners at the salary adjustment committee. Castillo asked for 3.225 million dollars (about 4 billion won), but Seattle offered 2.95 million dollars (about 3.6 billion won).
Araez, who debuted in the big leagues wearing a Minnesota uniform in 2019, recorded a batting average of 0.314, 14 homers, 132 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.784 in 389 games in four seasons. In his last season, he showed off his sophistication with a batting average of 0.316 in 144 games and won his first batting title in his life. This year, Araez is expected to play an active role as Miami’s starting second baseman.
Meanwhile, Choi Ji-man is also facing a salary adjustment committee meeting with his team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Choi Ji-man wanted 5.4 million dollars (about 6.6 billion won) as an annual salary this year, but Pittsburgh offered 4.65 million dollars (about 5.7 billion won). Choi Ji-man has the experience of winning the Salary Adjustment Committee against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2021, receiving an expected annual salary of $2.45 million. Attention is focusing on whether Choi Ji-man will be able to laugh again.