More of the arbitration filing deadline insanity Part I is here (UPDATE: We now have a Part III too!). All are one-year deals unless otherwise specified:
- Jeff Francoeur, Mets, $5 million. I’d lay into the guy here, but at this point I’d be like ripping on that awful, horrible girl you used to date but dumped last year. It just says more about me than it does about him at this point. Though, if you want to quote me as calling Francoeur an awful, horrible girl, I’m not going to stop you.
- Huston Street, Rafael Betancourt, Rockies, $22.5 million over three years for Street, $7.55 million over two years for Betancourt. Colorado thinks that one-year deals are for suckers. Aaron is going to have more on the Street deal shortly.
- J.J. Hardy, Twins, $5 million. I wish I got a raise after having a crappy year;
- Ryan Ludwick, Cardinals, $5.45 million. Ditto;
- Josh Hamilton, Rangers, $3.25 million plus incentives tied to postseason awards. I’m assuming that that does not include awards bestowed by Deadspin;
- Jason Bartlett, Rays, $4 million, coming off a really spiffy year. Word is that the Twins will give Tampa Bay back Delmon Young if they, you know, want a do-over;
- Jorge Cantu, Leo Nunez, Marlins $6 million and $2 million, respectively. For all of the noise, there’s still nothing stopping the Feesh from trading Cantu. Or Nunez. Or Uggla. Or Johnson. If they’re not within striking distance of the Phillies come June they’ll unload and have a rebuilding argument that, while not really plausible, will be enough to make everyone just roll their eyes, forget going after them via a grievance and let the Marlins be the Marlins;
- Carlos Gomez and Rickie Weeks, Brewers. Weeks gets $2.75 million. We don’t know Gomez’s money. He made $437,500 in 2009, which is better than you did;
- George Sherrill, James Loney and Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers. Sherrill gets $4.5 million, Loney $3.1 million and Kuo $950,000. In addition, Jamie McCourt gets Tuesday visitation, every other weekend and alternating holidays;
- Howie Kendrick, Angels, $1.75 million. That’s a lot of money for a guy they won’t let hit against righties.
- Rajai Davis, Athletics, $1.35 million. A good second half for Davis, though he can’t be too happy about Coco Crisp coming to town. There are a lot of random outfielders floating around between Oakland and Sacramento, and someone is gonna think they’re getting boned at some point.
- Jonathan Sanchez, Giants, $2.1 million. There are incentives here too. If the Giants were bright they’d consider dealing him and his no-hitter juju to someone for some offensive help, but I don’t give Sabean that kind of credit for creativity.
I’m sure more deals will spill out throughout the afternoon. We may deploy our version of Danny Herrera for mopup duty on this stuff later today.
Just saw this from last night’s Tigers-Rangers game. It was pretty wild.
Rougned Odor walked in the seventh inning. He broke for second on a steal and was safe due to the throw going wild, allowing him to reach third base. The Tigers called on reliever Daniel Stumpf and he was effective in retiring the next two batters, leaving Odor on third with two out.
Stumpf, a lefty, was paying no attention whatsoever to Odor, so Odor just took off for home, attempting a straight steal. Stumpf was so surprised that he tried to throw home to nail Odor, and in so doing, he balked. That technically means that Odor scored on the balk, but I think it’s safe to say he would’ve scored on the strait steal regardless. Watch:
He definitely gets points for style.
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman looked shaky again last night, coming in to the game with a three-run lead before allowing a two-run homer to the Mets’ Amed Rosario. He would nail down the save eventually, giving Sonny Gray his first win as a Yankee, but Chapman’s struggles were the talk of the game afterward.
It was the third appearance in a row in which Chapman has given up at least one run, allowing five runs on three hits — two of them homers — and walking four in his last three and a third innings pitched. He’s also hit a batter. That’s just the most acute portion of a long slide, however. He posted a 0.79 ERA in his first 12 appearances this year, before getting shelled twice and then going on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, missing over a month. Since returning he’s allowed 12 runs — ten earned — in 23 appearances, breaking out to a 4.09 ERA. He’s also walked ten batters in that time. At present, his strikeout rate is the worst he’s featured since 2010. His walk rate is up and he’s allowing more hits per nine innings than he ever has.
It’s possible that he’s still suffering from shoulder problems. Whether or not that’s an issue, he looks to have a new health concern as he appeared to tweak his hamstring on the game’s final play last night when he ran over to cover first base. Chapman told reporters after the game that “it’s nothing to worry about,” and Joe Girardi said that Chapman would not undergo an MRI or anything, but he was clearly grimacing as he came off the mound and it’s something worth watching.
Also worth watching: Dellin Betances and David Robertson, Chapman’s setup men who have each shined as Yankees closers in the past and who may very soon find themselves closing once again if Chapman can’t figure it out. And Chapman seems to know it. He was asked if he still deserves to be the closer after the game. His answer:
“My job is to be ready to pitch everyday. As far as where I pitch, that’s not up to me. If at some point they need to remove me from the closer’s position, I’m always going to be ready to pitch.”
That’s a team-first answer, and for that Chapman should be lauded. But it’s also one that suggests Chapman himself knows he’s going to be out of a closer’s job soon if he doesn’t turn things around.