Tuesday was the day for arbitration-eligible players to file and a total of 146 players did so. The next step in the process is for the players and their clubs to exchange figures on Friday. Each side comes up with a figure for a salary for 2014 and arbitration hearings are scheduled for sometime between February 1 and February 21.
Each arbitration-eligible player is still under team control and the two sides can continue to negotiate up until the scheduled arbitration hearing. All that is being decided, if it goes to arbitration, is a one-year salary for the coming season. If they come to an agreement on a longer-term deal, then arbitration is avoided.