Barring late agreements, the Mariners will exchange arbitration figures Friday with six unsigned players on their 40-man roster in the next step to determine their salaries for the upcoming season.
The affected players are first baseman Logan Morrison, relievers Charlie Furbush and Tom Wilhelmsen, and outfielders Dustin Ackley, Austin Jackson and Justin Ruggiano.
Once figures are exchanged, hearings will be held from Feb. 2-20 in which judges must select one of the two submitted figures for a binding one-year contract.
The two sides can continue to negotiate until a ruling is announced.
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Here are the 2014 salaries for the six arbitration-eligible players along with a salary projection by www.mlbtraderumors.com. (Note: Such projections, while reasonably accurate in the past, are still just projections.)
***Jackson: made $6 million in 2014 and is projected to make $8 million in 2015.
***Ackley made $1.7 million in 2014; projects at $2.8 million in 2015.
***Morrison made $1.75 million in 2014; projects at $2.6 million in 2015.
***Ruggiano made $2 million in 2014; projects at $2.5 million in 2015.
***Wilhelmsen made $528,800 in 2014; projects at $2.1 million in 2015.
***Furbush made $750,000 in 2014; projects at $1 million in 2015.
CANO IN CARIBBEAN
Second baseman Robinson Cano went 4-for-4 on Thursday and is now 6-for-11 with four RBIs in three games since joining Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Winter League.
Cano received permission from the Mariners to test his recovery from a broken toe by playing a limited number of games for Estrellas. He served as the designated hitter in each of his three games.
Estrellas will open the Dominican finals Saturday against Gigantes del Cibao.
Cano suffered a broken baby toe on his right foot when hit by a pitch on Nov. 15 while playing for a touring team of Major League players in Japan.
The Mariners open spring training Feb. 20 when pitchers and catchers report to the club’s year-round complex in Peoria, Ariz. The first full-squad workout is Feb. 25.
CHECKING ON SANTANA
The Mariners were one of at least six clubs who had a scout watch former Cy Young winner Johan Santana pitch Tuesday in the Venezuelan Winter League, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.
Santana, 35, needed just 17 pitches to work two scoreless innings in his first outing at any level since last June 6, when he tore the Achilles’ tendon of his left foot while pitching for Baltimore in extended spring training.
Texas, Milwaukee, Toronto, Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees also had scouts in attendance for Santana’s outing for Magallanes against Aragua.
Santana won the American League Cy Young Award in 2004 and 2006 at Minnesota and is 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA in 12 seasons.
But he has undergone two major shoulder surgeries since September 2010 and hasn’t pitched in the majors since Aug. 12, 2012 with the New York Mets.