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40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

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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:

Angels (2)

  • 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)

Athletics (1)

  • Josh Reddick (OF) filed for $3.25M, team filed for $2M (source)

Braves (3)

  • 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)

Cardinals (1)

  • Daniel Descalso (IF) filed for $1.65M, team filed for $930,000 (source)

Cubs (4)

  • 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)

Diamondbacks (2)

  • 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)

Dodgers (2)

  • 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)

Giants (2)

  • 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)

Indians (4)

  • 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)

Mariners (2)

  • 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)

Mets (2)

  • 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)

Nationals (2)

  • 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)

Orioles (1)

  • Matt Wieters (C) filed for $8.75M, team filed for $6.5M (source)

Padres (1)

  • Andrew Cashner (SP) filed for $2.4M, team filed for $2.275M (source)

Phillies (2)

  • 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)

Rangers (1)

  • Mitch Moreland (1B/DH) filed for $3.25M, team filed for $2.025M (source)

Red Sox (1)

  • Andrew Miller (RP) filed for $2.15M, team filed for $1.55M (source)

Reds (2)

  • 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)

Royals (3)

  • 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)

Tigers (1)

  • 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.

Indians sign Brandon Guyer to a two-year extension

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02:  Brandon Guyer #6 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates Rajai Davis #20 two-run home run during the eighth inning to tie the game 6-6 against the Chicago Cubs in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Indians and outfielder Brandon Guyer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $5 million contract with a club option for 2019.

The Indians acquired Guyer from the Rays at last year’s trade deadline. After coming to Cleveland he posted a line of .333/.438/.469 in 38 games. He’s a .262/.349/.402 hitter over 344 games in five seasons in the bigs. He has led the league in being hit by pitches for the past two seasons, getting plunked 24 times in 2015 and 31 times in 2016. He went 6-for-18 with four walks and two HBPs in the playoffs for Cleveland. The man will work to get on base, my friends. And he can play all three outfield positions.

Nice signing.

Sarasota County to build the Braves a new spring training facility

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The Braves have trained at Walt Disney World for several years. The lease is up, however, and they’ve been on the hunt for a new facility for some time. Disney is just too geographically remote from most of the Grapefruit League facilities so they’ve looked on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts for some time.

Their search appears to be over, however, as they have reached an agreement to move to Sarasota:

The Atlanta Braves formally plan to move the team’s spring training home to North Port in 2019, the team and Sarasota County announced Tuesday afternoon.

The announcement set the stage for final negotiations this spring on a contract to bring the Major League Baseball team to a new complex in the West Villages district just south of West Villages Parkway and U.S. 41, near the State College of Florida campus in North Port.

It’ll be a $75-$80 million complex on 70 acres. The story says it’s envisioned to anchor a “town center” commercial and residential district. If anyone has ever been to a spring training facility, however, one knows how ridiculous such an idea is. There is nothing more geographically un-centered and dispersed than a spring training facility. It’s a sea of open fields which private citizens generally cannot access and large parking lots. These facilities typically require major arteries, not quaint town streets, for reasonable access. The best any facilities do to integrate with surrounding communities can be seen in Fort Myers with the Twins and in Surprise, Arizona with the Rangers and Royals, where the facilities are part of larger community parks and recreation centers. That’s OK, and certainly better than nothing, but they’re not the anchors of the vibrant live/work/shop developments like the Braves and Sarasota are describing here.

But of course everyone involved has to say that, because selling such facilities as the engine of pie-in-the-sky development is a key part of making the large expenditure of public funds seem more palatable. And yes, there will be a big expenditure of public funds here: the Braves will be getting $56 million in taxpayer subsidies for the new place, some from the state, some from the county. The amount from the county, by the way, is calculated to fall just below the threshold required for a public vote on the expenditure. The Braves have always been blessed with the ability to avoid public votes for their corporate welfare, of course.

One wonders how many other wealthy private businesses owned by multinational corporations get tens of millions in tax dollars to build employee training centers. Not many, I’m sure. The Braves always seem to luck out in this regard, however.