2023 Salary Arbitration: 5 CPBL Players

On February 7, the CPBL secretary-general told the media that five CPBL players had filed for salary arbitration. The league, however, did not reveal the names of the players.

“We decided not to publish the names because some players wished to remain anonymous,” the CPBL secretary-general told UDN.

The media, however, was able to get the list for all the players that filed for arbitration this offseason.

Out of the five players, there is the Wei Chuan Dragons’ 蔣少宏(Chiang Shao-Hung) and four players from the Rakuten Monkeys: 郭嚴文 (Kuo Yen-Wen), 陳禹勳 (Chen Yu-Hsun), 賴鴻誠(Lai Hung-Cheng) 黃偉晟 (Huang Wei-Cheng).

According to ETtoday, some players from the CTBC Brothers were considering filing for salary arbitration but decided not to go ahead with it after reaching an agreement with the team before the arbitration cut-off date.

GM’s Opinions on Salary Arbitration

“It is their right to file for salary arbitration. We will continue our talks with the players,” said the Monkeys GM.

“The communication between the player and the team is still open. They [players] will have their own salary expectation, and we respect their rights,” said the Dragons GM.

“Questions about salary arbitration? He [Monkeys GM] can ask me,” laughed the Brothers GM, who went through the arbitration process with three of the Brothers players a few years ago.

Previous Arbitration Cases in CPBL

In the past, there had been 12 arbitration cases in the CPBL history. Two cases were withdrawn because the player and the team had reached an agreement. For the remaining ten cases, the CPBL players won seven times with a dominating win rate of 70%.

If we were to use the new arbitration system from 2018, there would be three total cases. One case was withdrawn, the player won once, and the team won once. The CPBL players have a win rate of 50%.

郭嚴文 (Kuo Yen-Wen) – 2B

  • Rakuten Monkeys
  • Annual Salary (USD): $272,000
  • Age: 34
  • 2022 Key Stats: 213 plate appearances, .308/.333/.413, 124 wRC+, 14 K%, 4 BB%.

陳禹勳 (Chen Yu-Hsun) – Setup Man / Closer (RHP)

  • Rakuten Monkeys
  • Annual Salary (USD): $232,000
  • Age: 33
  • 2022 Key Stats: 46 games, 1.77 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 45.2 innings, 1 save, 26 holds, 2.52 FIP, 22 K%, 9 BB%.

賴鴻誠 (Lai Hung-Cheng) – Setup Man (LHP)

  • Rakuten Monkeys
  • Annual Salary (USD): $164,000
  • Age: 34
  • 2022 Key Stats: 37 games, 2.06 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 35 innings, 6 holds, 3.43 FIP, 18 K%, 6 BB%.

黃偉晟 (Huang Wei-Cheng) – Reliever (RHP)

  • Rakuten Monkeys
  • Annual Salary (USD): $68,000
  • Age: 32
  • 2022 Key Stats: 17 games, 4.22 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 21.1 innings, 3.35 FIP, 11 K%, 3 BB%.

蔣少宏 (Chiang Shao-Hung) – Catcher

  • Wei Chuan Dragons
  • Annual Salary (USD): $62,000
  • Age: 25
  • 2022 Key Stats: 202 plate appearances, .197/.271/.247, 52 wRC+, 19 K%, 8 BB%.


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