Giants catcher Buster Posey, Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward and Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury are among 133 players who have filed for salary arbitration.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza and Giants outfielder Hunter Pence also are among those who filed Tuesday.
Six extra players filed because of a change to baseball’s labor contract: Washington reliever Drew Storen, San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, Toronto catcher Josh Thole, Tampa Bay outfielder Sam Fuld, Colorado outfielder Tyler Colvin and Arizona third baseman Chris Johnson.
Under the latest labor deal, the top 22 percent of players by service time with at least two years but less than three are eligible for arbitration.
Players and teams are scheduled to swap proposed salaries Friday, with hearings before three-arbitrator panels next month in Phoenix. Most cases settle before they go to hearings.
Nats add Soriano: Reliever Rafael Soriano and the Washington Nationals reached agreement pending a physical on a $28 million, two-year contract that includes $14 million in deferred money. A one-time All-Star, Soriano had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA for the AL East champion New York Yankees last year while filling in for injured closer Mariano Rivera, who plans to return from a knee injury in 2013.
Book says Red Sox owners concerned with image: Theo Epstein traded for Adrian Gonzalez and signed Carl Crawford following pressure from Boston Red Sox owners to build a “sexy team,” according to a book co-authored by former Red Sox manager Terry Francona.
A’s FanFest sold out: Tickets to the A’s FanFest event Jan. 27 at Oracle Arena sold out, as 10,000 tickets were purchased since they went on sale Friday.