The Giants and right-hander Brian Wilson avoided arbitration on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year, $4,437,500 contract. The figure is the exact midpoint between the $4.875 million Wilson asked for and the $4 million he was offered when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Wilson, who turns 28 in March, stepped into the elite group of closers last season, compiling a 2.74 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 10.3 K/9 and 38 saves (third in NL). According to Fangraphs, only Daniel Bard and Jonathan Broxton had more velocity on their fastball than Wilson (96.6) among relievers last season.
With Wilson out the way, that leaves some guy named Tim Lincecum as the team’s only remaining arbitration case.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.