White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia won his arbitration case against the White Sox, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Garcia will earn the $6.7 million salary for which he filed in his third of four years of eligibility. The White Sox had countered at $5.85 million.
Garcia, 26, broke out last season, batting .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs, 80 RBI, and 75 runs scored in 561 plate appearances. He was nominated to the AL All-Star team for the first time as well.
Garcia will reprise his role in right field for the White Sox this coming season.
The players are now 8-6 this offseason in arbitration against their teams. Arbitration hearings have typically resulted in teams winning. Along with Garcia, players who have won their cases this offseason include Mookie Betts, Adeiny Hechavarria, Shelby Miller, Ken Giles, Justin Bour, Yolmer Sanchez, and Zack Wheeler. Roberto Osuna, Eugenio Suarez, J.T. Realmuto, Kendall Graveman, Justin Grimm, and Michael Foltynewicz have lost their cases.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.