Most arbitration cases have been settled by now. And if they haven’t, they’ll be resolved soon via arbitration hearings.
According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers avoided arbitration late Wednesday evening with right-hander Shaun Marcum by agreeing to a one-year, $3.95 million contract for 2011. The deal also carries some performance-based incentives.
The two sides had scheduled a hearing for Thursday, so the resolution comes at an ideal time.
Marcum requested $5 million and was offered $3 million from the Brewers when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The 29-year-old righty delivered a strong 3.64 ERA and 1.15 WHIP across 31 starts for the Blue Jays last season, fanning 165 batters in 195.1 innings and walking only 43. He should go nuts this season in the National League Central.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.