It takes a personality like A.J. Pierzynski to force the San Francisco Giants to go to arbitration with a player.
That was 13 years ago, and with no one as difficult eligible this year, the franchise avoided the process by signing all of its players who were up for a pay raise.
Here’s how the five players fared, according to reports by Jon Heyman.
The infielder the Giants acquired by trade last year netted $4.2 million in a one-year deal.
Nunez made $1.475 million last year and will be a free agent after the upcoming season is over.
He hit .288/.325/.432 over 141 games between San Francisco and Minnesota last season but missed the playoffs due to an injury.
Another trade target, Smith bolstered a shaky bullpen and was a solid lefty during the team’s run to the postseason.
He agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract that will keep him around. He made $1.475 million last year and has another two years of arbitration before he hits the open market.
In 26 appearances for San Francisco, he carried a 2.95 earned run average, allowing 13 hits over 18.1 innings.
This righty will play his 32-year-old season for $1.75 million.
Kontos fought elbow issues for most of last season, when he threw 53.1 innings with a 2.53 ERA. He received a slight pay increase as he made $1.15 million during that span.
Kontos has two more years of arbitration left.
Gillaspie was drafted by the Giants and returned last season on a minor-league deal worth $507,500.
A couple huge hits in the postseason later and he earned a one-year, $1.4 million contract.
Gillaspie had a bounceback year in 2016, hitting .262/.307/.440 over 101 games.
Known for his mean mug on the mound, Gearrin made the most major-league outings of his career in 2016. He compiled a 4.27 ERA in the process.
He received a raise from $550,000 to $1.05 million. He has another two years of arbitration eligibility remaining.
Adrianza was set to be the top infield sub on Opening Day last year, but an injury limited his opportunities to return to that role.
He ended up making just 71 plate appearances. As a result, he earned a slight increase from $512,000 to $600,000. Adrianza has three more years of arbitration left.