Why Jordy Mercer and Gerrit Cole are making the same salary in 2018

Close readers of Friday’s news that Gerrit Cole and Jordy Mercer had reached new contracts with the Pirates might have noticed that both players will earn $6.75 million in 2018. Their camps and the Pirates agreed to one-year deals before Friday’s deadline to exchange salary figures for arbitration, avoiding hearings (which can be tense) and probably saving the Pirates a bit of cash along the way.

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