Re: Ryan Hanigan??????????
Nope. Arbitration only exists for players with a certain amount of playing experience who are not yet eligible for free agency. Teams sign players to longer term contracts to avoid the arbitration process with them. It's a good deal for the club usually, but it also gives the player some stability.
Hanigan is indeed very valuable, but I think he's particularly valuable in 8th spot because he has a good eye(and draws a lot of walks) but doesn't have a great deal of power or a particularly high batting average.
Obviously it's a bigger deal in the NL, but a batter who can get on base is of particular importance in the 8 spot to make sure the pitcher isn't leading off the next inning.
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