I love spring training photo day. Every year it seems like the guys at Getty and wherever else come up with new dramatic lighting, some different poses or something creative to make the every day headshots more interesting than they used to be.
But sometimes I think they’re just messing with these guys. Guys like Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago Cubs. Who, according to the caption, had this picture taken this morning in Arizona. But who, in reality, looks like he had it taken at my high school in 1989:
“Now blow on the ball, Jeff. Gently … gently … ok, hold it!” [click]
The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.
Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.
Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.