The years of arbitration represent the first opportunity to win millions of dollars for many of the players in the MLB, especially Venezuelans. For 2022, a new window opens in this regard that some will try to take advantage of.
This is the case of 4 athletes from Venezuela who are in the Big leagues and in the arbitration process next year they will have a substantial increase.
With the 2021 season to go a month away, Omar Narváez is one of the best hitters on the Milwaukee Brewers. He has a line of .284 / .369 / .444 before playing the game on August 31 and if all goes well he will culminate in that offensive range. These numbers, plus his invitation to the 2021 All-Star Game, are two compelling arguments to win in 2022 a salary that could be double the 2.5 million dollars he currently receives.
It has not been easy for Jesús Aguilar to consolidate himself in the MLB. But in his second season with the Marlins he’s the team’s leader in RBIs (89 through Aug. 31) and has a not inconsiderable 22 home runs. He’s a slugger who proved he can hit at this level. With this background and taking into account that he is going into his third year of arbitration, for the coming campaign he could earn double his salary from this harvest: 4.3 million dollars.
Victor Reyes does not have a campaign in style with the Detroit Tigers, but his previous years support him. His low offense of 2021 (.233 average and a very low OBP of .255) contrasts with the solid years 2019 and 2020 he achieved with the Detroit Tigers. This can help you when looking for a raise for 2022. If the Tigers do not want to recognize your contribution, you can go to arbitration. He will earn much more than $ 545,000 this year.
Elías Díaz isn’t the flashiest name among MLB catching defenders. However, the Venezuelan is one of the few notable things in the Colorado Rockies this season. He has 45.2% of running backs put out to steal, a top number in the two leagues above defensive stars like Salvador Pérez or Yadier Molina. This is a sufficient argument to go to arbitration in 2022 and collect much more than the million 200 thousand dollars that they pay you in 2021.