I am not an expert in arbitration, but there is something wrong when Murphy wants 3.4 million, almost the same that Ike had asked. Ike is a much better offensive and defensive player.
Ike just settled for 3.1 mil - probably going to similar for Murphy.
"Ike is a much better offensive and defensive player. "
291 BA vs 227 says differently. Ike is a better Power Hitter but not a better offensive player than Murphy. The previous year Murphy batted 320 in close 400 AB's
Murphy has more time in the majors. I believe this is his 2nd arbitration eligible year.
It makes perfect sense.
Didn't Murphy get 5.7M or so?