PRO BASEBALL NEWS
PRO BASEBALL NEWS: JANUARY 12TH, 2019
IT’S ARBITRATION TIME! That means we will be providing arbitration coverage featuring deals coming together before and after arbitration.
- Kris Bryant (3B, Cubs): One-year, $12.9 million contract. Kris Bryant sets the bar for the biggest deal for a first-time arbitration-eligible player. 2018 saw a decline in Bryant who hit only 13 home runs and 52 RBI’s compared to his 2017 total of 29 home runs and 73 RBI’s. The Cubs are looking for a 2019 comeback for their young superstar. He is set to become a free agent in two-year’s time.
- Robbie Ray (SP, Diamondbacks): One-year, $6.05 million contract. The Diamondbacks have Robbie Ray for another season and are likely going to hold on to him despite the numerous trade rumors.
- Adam Duvall (OF, Braves): One-year, $2.875 million contract. Duvall struggled last season in his transition to Atlanta. The Braves are still in the market for an outfielder which could render Duvall once again as trade bait.
- Mike Foltynewicz (P, Braves): One-year, $5.475 million contract. This year is a better result than last year as they voided arbitration with Foltynewicz. He will return as a key piece in the Braves bullpen.
- Xander Bogaerts (SS, Red Sox): One-year, $12 million contract. Pay the man! Bogaerts finished off his best season to date hitting .288 this past season. He is due to get a solid extension soon.
- Mookie Betts (OF, Red Sox): One-year, $20 million contract. In his second year of arbitration, Betts earned $10.5 million dollars more than what he made last season in the first year of arbitration.
- Javier Baez (SS, Cubs): One-year, $5.2 million contract. Another player with a phenomenal 2018 season. Baez came in second place to the batting title this year and had impressive numbers which featured 34 home runs this past season.
- Scooter Gennett (2B, Reds): One-year, $9.775 million contract. Gennett gets a well-deserved raise in his final year of arbitration after producing a solid 2018 season which saw him hit .303.
- J.T. Realmuto (C, Marlins): One-year, $5.9 million contract. Another solid season both hitting and defensively for Realmuto. Even with this happening Realmuto still likely wants to be out of Miami but the question is who will pull the plug? San Diego? Atlanta? New York Mets?
More avoided deals:
- Khris Davis (OF, Athletics): One-year, $16.5 million contract. Another 40+ home run season in 2018.
- Jurickson Profar (INF, Athletics): One-year, $3.6 million contract. Acquired last month by Oakland.
- Will Smith (RP, Giants): One-year, $4.225 million contract. Most productive relief for the Giants in 2018.
- Marcell Ozuna (OF, Cardinals): One-year, $12.25 million contract. Last year of arbitration.
- Marcus Stroman (SP, Blue Jays): One-year, $7.4 million contract. 19-starts in 2018 due to injury.
- Trea Turner (SS, Nationals): One-year, $3.725 million contract. Solid 2018 season which saw 19 homers hit.
PRO BASEBALL NEWS: DECEMBER 30th, 2018
Toronto Blue Jays: Blue Jays acquire pitcher Clayton Richard From San Diego Padres
Clayton Richard, 35, was waived by the San Diego Padres last week after the team signed second baseman Ian Kinsler. Clayton Richard has a very manageable contract for 2019 as he is due $3 million dollars which is solid for a back of the rotation starter for Toronto. Heading to San Diego is an unspecified amount of money and minor league outfielder Connor Panas.