IN ARBITRATION COURT, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016.
ON ONE SIDE OF THE ROOM IS TEXAS RANGERS FIRST BASEMAN, MITCH MORELAND, WITH HIS AGENT, BOB GARBER.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM IS TEXAS RANGERS GENERAL MANAGER JON DANIELS.
PRESIDING OVER THE PROCEEDINGS IS IMPARTIAL ARBITER JAMES PHILLIPS.
JUDGE PHILLIPS BEGINS THE PROCEEDINGS.
PHILLIPS: As you know, we are here today in the salary arbitration hearing for Mitch Moreland, case 105622-A. Both sides will be allowed thirty minutes each where they can state their claim on why I should choose the number they are proposing. The player, Mitch Moreland, is seeking six million dollars for the 2016 season. The club, the Texas Rangers, is offering $4.375 million a year. Mr Daniels, you and your side may proceed first.
DANIELS: Thank you, your honor. The Texas Rangers have reams of empirical data that will, beyond a shadow of a doubt, convince you over the next thirty minutes that our player, Mitch Moreland, is worth just four-point…
GARBER (impatiently interrupting): Sir, let’s cut to the chase here. This same man paid Elvis Andrus $120 million for eight years.
WITH A THUNDERING BOOM, JUDGE PHILLIPS RAPS HIS GAVEL.
PHILLIPS: I find in favor of Mitch Moreland. Case dismissed.