Bunches and bunches of random guys avoid arbitration


Like we said earlier: tons of signings today. We’ve been highlighting the bigger names, but many, many more players are avoiding arbitration. Among the more notable ones:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, $2.4 million;
  • J.J. Hardy, Orioles. $5.5 million;
  • Carlos Quentin, White Sox, $5.05 million;
  • Kevin Kouzmanoff, Athletics, $4.75 million;
  • Martin Prado, Braves, $3.1 million;
  • Boone Logan, Yankees, $1.2 million;
  • Phil Hughes, Yankees, $2.7 million;
  • Andy Sonnanstine, Rays, $912,500;
  • Kendry Morales, Angels, $2.95 million;
  • Joba Chamberlain, Yankees, $1.4 million;
  • Matt Garza, Cubs, $5.95 million.

There are a lot of things to say about some of these guys, but one observation I think is worth making right now: for the past several years we’ve witnessed the disappearance of baseball’s so-called middle class. There are lots of top end deals, and lots of low-dollar deals, but not much in between.  While that remains true of the multi-year deals, it does seem like there are more higher-priced single-year deals this year than in arbitration filing deadlines past.

We’ll wait for them to all come in and see if that holds up, but it’s the sense I have just from eyeballing it this afternoon.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.