White Sox infielder Yolmer Sanchez won his arbitration case today. He’ll receive a $2.35 million salary for the 2018 season. Chicago’s front office filed at $2.1 million, so they went to the mattresses, hiring attorneys and everything, over a couple hundred grand.
Whatever, it’s their money.
Sanchez, 25, hit .267/.319/.413 with 12 home runs and eight stolen bases in 141 games last season. He’s a Super Two qualifier, which means that he gets four rounds of arbitration instead of the usual three, so he’ll either go through this process three more times, sign a long term deal to avoid the process or, at some point, get non-tendered by the Chisox and become a free agent. Guess it all depends on whether he maintains the strong step forward he took in 2017 or regresses to the meh numbers he showed in his first few seasons in the bigs.
Good luck in 2018, Yolmer.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”