Jazz Chisholm Jr. received some disappointing news on his 26th birthday as he lost his arbitration case against the Miami Marlins. The outfielder had requested a salary of $2.9 million but will be paid $2,625,000, as ruled by the arbitration panel.
Chisholm had an impressive 2023 season, hitting .250 with 19 home runs, 51 RBIs, and 22 stolen bases. He transitioned to center field from second base and shortstop during the year but struggled in the NL Wild Card Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
In 2022, Chisholm was named an All-Star and had a batting average of .254 with 14 home runs, 45 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases. However, his season was cut short due to a back injury, and he didn’t play after June 28.
Last year, Chisholm had a salary of $749,500 and was eligible for arbitration for the first time. Miami is also scheduled for arbitration hearings with second baseman Luis Arraez and left-hander Tanner Scott.
Chisholm is the second player to go to arbitration this year, following Austin Hays of the Baltimore Orioles. Hays requested $6.3 million, while the Orioles argued for $5.85 million. A decision in that case is expected next week.
Other arbitration cases are also ongoing, with decisions anticipated in the coming days and weeks as players and teams negotiate their salaries for the upcoming MLB season.