There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million, which is a lot of money for a closer in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The Braves filed for $6.55 million while most experts projected Kimbrel to get around $7 million.
Here’s the full list of players, broken down by team:
- David Freese (3B) filed for $6M, team filed for $4.1M (source)
- Kevin Jepsen (RP) filed for $1.625M, team filed for $1.3M (source)
- Josh Reddick (OF) filed for $3.25M, team filed for $2M (source)
- Craig Kimbrel (RP) filed for $9M, team filed for $6.55M (source)
- Freddie Freeman (1B) filed for $5.75M, team filed for $4.5M (source)
- Jason Heyward (RF) filed for $5.5M, team filed for $5.2M (source)
- Daniel Descalso (IF) filed for $1.65M, team filed for $930,000 (source)
- Darwin Barney (2B) filed for $2.8M, team filed for $1.8M
- Jeff Samardzija (SP) filed for $6.2M, team filed for $4.4M
- Justin Ruggiano (CF) filed for $2.45M, team filed for $1.6M
- Travis Wood (SP) filed for $4.25M, team filed for $3.5M (source for all four)
- Gerardo Parra (OF) filed for $5.2M, team filed for $4.3M (source)
- Mark Trumbo (LF) filed for $5.85M, team filed for $3.4M (source)
- A.J. Ellis (C) filed for $4.6M, team filed for $3M (source)
- Kenley Jansen (RP) filed for $5.05M, team filed for $3.5M (source)
- Brandon Belt (1B) filed for $3.6M, team filed for $2.05M (source)
- Joaquin Arias (IF) filed for $1.5M, team filed for $1.1M (source)
- Josh Tomlin (SP) filed for $975,000, team filed for $800,000
- Justin Masterson (SP) filed for $11.8M, team filed for $8.05M
- Michael Brantley (LF) filed for $3.8M, team filed for $2.7M
- Vinnie Pestano (RP) filed for $1.45M, team filed for $975,000 (source for all four)
- Justin Smoak (1B) filed for $3.25M, team filed for $2.025M
- Logan Morrison (RF) filed for $2.5M, team filed for $1.1M (source for both)
- Dillon Gee (SP) filed for $4.05M, team filed for $3.2M (source)
- Lucas Duda (1B/LF) filed for $1.9M, team filed for $1.35M (source)
- Doug Fister (SP) filed for $8.5M, team filed for $5.75M (source)
- Tyler Clippard (RP) filed for $6.35M, team filed for $4.45M (source)
- Matt Wieters (C) filed for $8.75M, team filed for $6.5M (source)
- Andrew Cashner (SP) filed for $2.4M, team filed for $2.275M (source)
- Ben Revere (CF) filed for $2.425M, team filed for $1.4M (source)
- Antonio Bastardo (RP) filed for $2.5M, team filed for $1.675M (source)
- Mitch Moreland (1B/DH) filed for $3.25M, team filed for $2.025M (source)
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- Andrew Miller (RP) filed for $2.15M, team filed for $1.55M (source)
- Aroldis Chapman (RP) filed for $5.4M, team filed for $4.6M (source)
- Homer Bailey (SP) filed for $11.6M, team filed for $8.7M (source)
- Aaron Crow (RP) filed for $1.7M, team filed for $1.28M (source)
- Greg Holland (RP) filed for $5.2M, team filed for $4.1M (source)
- Justin Maxwell (OF) filed for $1.7M, team filed for $1.075M (source)
- Alex Avila (C) filed for $5.35M, team filed for $3.75M (source)
Players and teams can still reach agreements to avoid arbitration between now and when hearings start on February 1st. However, some teams simply don’t negotiate once the filing deadline passes. The Braves are one of them, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. GM Frank Wren said, “We have an organization philosophy of the filing date is our last date to negotiate prior to a hearing. We’re done.”
Last year, exactly zero cases went to arbitration for the first time in baseball history.
The 2016-18 All-Star Games are spoken for, but the Cubs could play host not long thereafter according to commissioner Rob Manfred, Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reports.
The Padres are hosting at Petco Park this year, the Marlins will host at Marlins Park next season, and the Nationals will host in 2018 at Nationals Park. That will make four consecutive National League hosts and five if the Cubs get it in 2019. In the past, the National and American Leagues have alternated hosting privileges. That is sort of important now since the league that wins the All-Star Game gets home field advantage in the World Series.
The Cubs last hosted the All-Star Game in 1990 and have hosted a total of three times (1962 and 1947 being the other years) since its inception in 1933.
Wrigley Field has been undergoing renovations which are expected to be completed by the 2019 season. Manfred said that the Cubs hosting the All-Star Game “will provide the Cubs and Ricketts family a chance to showcase the unbelievable renovation they are in the midst of doing for Wrigley field.”
Update: Here’s a table showing the last time each team hosted the All-Star Game.
||Olympic Stadium (Expos)
||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
||Jack Murphy Stadium
||Oriole Park at Camden Yards
||The Ballpark in Arlington
||U.S. Cellular Field
||Minute Maid Park
||Angels Stadium of Anaheim
||Great American Ball Park
Expect Kyle Hendricks and Adam Warren to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Cubs’ starting rotation this spring, writes Gordon Wittenmyer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Clayton Richard could serve as a fallback option as well.
Hendricks, 26, pitched well in his first full season in 2015. He finished with a 3.95 ERA and a 167/43 K/BB ratio over 180 innings. That was a solid follow-up to his rookie campaign in 2014, when he posted a 2.46 ERA over 13 starts.
The Cubs acquired Warren, 28, from the Yankees in the Starlin Castro trade. He contributed both out of the rotation and the bullpen in the Bronx this past season, pitching 131 1/3 innings with a 3.29 ERA and a 104/39 K/BB ratio.
One through four, the Cubs’ rotation is solid with defending National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Jason Hammel.
Mets third baseman David Wright missed four months of the 2015 season due to spinal stenosis. In other words, Wright dealt with a narrowing of his spinal column. Going forward, the Mets plan to be cautious with Wright so as not to overuse him.
As ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports, Mets GM Sandy Alderson plans to have the 33-year-old Wright play in no more than 130 games. Alderson said, “We’re gonna make sure that he’s not overworked. So it’s important for us to find somebody who can play 30 games or so at third base when he’s not in there. But I think we have to be realistic, and not expect that he’s gonna be an absolute everyday [player] out there playing 150 or 155 games. That’s not gonna happen.”
Wilmer Flores played 26 games at third base in his rookie season in 2013, so he could back up Wright as needed. But Alderson mentioned that because Wright would mostly sit against right-handed pitchers, the switch-hitting Neil Walker or Asdrubal Cabrera could get the call at the hot corner.
When he was on the field last season, Wright hit a productive .289/.379/.434 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 174 plate appearances.
The Marlins would like to add “another pitcher or two” before pitchers and catchers report to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro writes. Among starting pitchers available, Kyle Lohse, Aaron Harang, and Alfredo Simon are candidates for the Marlins, but they may hold out for the possibility of inking a major league contract. Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee are other potential candidates, per Frisaro.
This offseason, the Marlins signed Wei-Yin Chen to a five-year, $80 million deal and Edwin Jackson for the major league minimum. The back of the rotation, though, is still a question mark as Jarred Cosart, Adam Conley, and Justin Nicolino will compete with Jackson for two spots. David Phelps is dealing with an elbow injury and may or not be ready by Opening Day, but he could function in a swingman capacity as well.