Rockies Enjoy Continued Arbitration success; Wolters to Earn $1.9 million
By Jack Etkin/Forbes.com
The Rockies won their arbitration hearing with catcher Tony Wolters, one of the rare times they have been unable to settle on a salary with an arbitration-eligible player.
Wolters was only the fifth player to go to a hearing with the Rockies and the fourth to lose.
A three-member panel ruled Wolters will receive $1.9 million this season rather than the $2.475 million he sought when he and the Rockies exchanged figures last month.
Wolters, 27, became the Rockies primary catcher last year, replacing veteran Chris Iannetta, who was designated for assignment in mid-August. Wolters hit .262 with a .666 OPS in 121 games and an OPS+ of 64. He hit one home run with 42 RBI in 411 plate appearances and did not homer in 214 plate appearances at Coors Field where the Rockies (132 home runs) and their opponents (144) combined to hit 276 home runs.
Wolters appeared in 112 games at catcher, tied for the second most in a single season in franchise history. His 102 starts at the position were the seventh most in franchise history. Wolters threw out 20 runners attempting to steal, which ranked third in the National League, and was second with a caught-stealing percentage of 34.3.