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A summary of the action ahead of Friday’s arbitration submission deadline

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We already went over the 34 players who remain unsigned after Friday afternoon’s deadline for players and teams to submit arbitration figures. Here are the 121 players who did agree to deals with their respective teams.

The data below includes the players’ salaries as well as their arbitration eligibility information. The first number in the “Arb Yr” column denotes which year of eligibility a player is in and the second number is the total number of arbitration-eligible years for the player. Clicking “Link” will take you to the source of the information for that particular row.

Player Pos Team Salary Arb Yr Source
Daniel Hudson RP ARI $2.700 3/3 Link
Patrick Corbin SP ARI $2.525 1/3 Link
Randall Delgado RP ARI $1.275 1/3 Link
Rubby De La Rosa SP ARI $2.350 1/3 Link
Shelby Miller SP ARI $4.350 1/3 Link
Welington Castillo C ARI $3.700 2/3 Link
Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL $0.898 1/3 Link
Chris Withrow RP ATL $0.610 1/4 Link
Brad Brach RP BAL $1.250 1/3 Link
Chris Tillman SP BAL $6.225 2/3 Link
Manny Machado 3B BAL $5.000 1/3 Link
Mark Trumbo 1B/OF BAL $9.150 3/3 Link
Miguel Gonzalez SP BAL $5.100 2/3 Link
Nolan Reimold OF BAL $1.300 3/3 Link
Ryan Flaherty INF BAL $1.500 2/3 Link
Joe Kelly SP BOS $2.600 1/3 Link
Adam Warren RP CHC $1.700 1/3 Link
Chris Coghlan OF CHC $4.800 3/3 Link
Hector Rondon RP CHC $4.200 1/3 Link
Justin Grimm RP CHC $1.275 1/4 Link
Pedro Strop RP CHC $4.400 3/4 Link
Travis Wood RP CHC $6.170 3/3 Link
Avisail Garcia OF CHW $2.100 1/4 Link
Brett Lawrie 3B CHW $4.125 2/3 Link
Dan Jennings RP CHW $0.810 1/4 Link
Zach Putnam RP CHW $0.975 1/4 Link
Zack Cozart SS CIN 2/3 Link
Bryan Shaw RP CLE $2.750 2/3 Link
Cody Allen RP CLE $4.150 1/3 Link
Jeff Manship RP CLE $0.760 1/4 Link
Josh Tomlin SP CLE $2.250 3/3 Link
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B CLE $2.725 2/3 Link
Nolan Arenado 3B COL $5.000 1/4 Link
Andrew Romine C DET $0.900 1/3 Link
Jose Iglesias SS DET $2.100 1/3 Link
Justin Wilson RP DET $1.525 1/3 Link
Dallas Keuchel SP HOU $7.250 1/3 Link
Josh Fields RP HOU $0.900 1/3 Link
Luis Valbuena 3B HOU $6.125 4/4 Link
Marwin Gonzalez INF/OF HOU $2.000 2/4 Link
Danny Duffy SP KC $4.225 2/3 Link
Drew Butera C KC $1.163 3/3 Link
Jarrod Dyson OF KC $1.725 2/3 Link
Louis Coleman RP KC $0.725 1/3 Link
Tony Cruz C KC $0.975 2/3 Link
Fernando Salas RP LAA $2.400 3/3 Link
A.J. Ellis C LAD $4.500 4/4 Link
Chris Hatcher RP LAD $1.065 1/4 Link
Justin Turner 3B LAD $5.100 3/3 Link
Kenley Jansen RP LAD $10.650 3/3 Link
Luis Avilan RP LAD $1.390 1/3 Link
Slyke Scott Van OF LAD $1.225 1/4 Link
Yasmani Grandal C LAD $2.800 1/3 Link
A.J. Ramos RP MIA $3.400 1/3 Link
Adeiny Hechavarria SS MIA $2.625 1/3 Link
Bryan Morris RP MIA $1.350 1/3 Link
Carter Capps RP MIA 1/3 Link
David Phelps RP MIA $2.500 2/4 Link
Jose Fernandez SP MIA $2.800 1/3 Link
Tom Koehler SP MIA $3.500 1/3 Link
Jean Segura SS MIL $2.600 1/3 Link
Will Smith RP MIL $1.475 1/3 Link
Wily Peralta SP MIL $2.800 1/3 Link
Casey Fien RP MIN $2.275 2/4 Link
Eduardo Escobar INF/OF MIN $2.150 1/3 Link
Eduardo Nunez INF MIN $1.475 2/3 Link
Tommy Milone SP MIN $4.500 2/4 Link
Addison Reed RP NYM $5.300 2/3 Link
Carlos Torres RP NYM $1.050 1/3 Link
Josh Edgin RP NYM $0.625 1/3 Link
Matt Harvey SP NYM $4.325 1/3 Link
Ruben Tejada SS NYM $3.000 3/4 Link
Dustin Ackley INF/OF NYY $3.200 2/3 Link
Michael Pineda SP NYY $4.300 2/3 Link
Danny Valencia 3B OAK $3.150 2/3 Link
Fernando Rodriguez RP OAK $1.050 2/3 Link
Josh Reddick OF OAK $6.575 3/3 Link
Yonder Alonso 1B OAK $2.650 2/3 Link
Freddy Galvis SS PHI $2.000 1/3 Link
Jeanmar Gomez RP PHI $1.400 2/3 Link
Jeremy Hellickson SP PHI $7.000 3/3 Link
Francisco Cervelli C PIT $3.500 3/3 Link
Jared Hughes RP PIT $2.175 2/4 Link
Jeff Locke SP PIT $3.025 1/3 Link
Jordy Mercer SS PIT $2.075 1/3 Link
Mark Melancon RP PIT $9.650 3/3 Link
Tony Watson RP PIT $3.450 2/3 Link
Andrew Cashner SP SD $7.150 3/3 Link
Derek Norris C SD $2.925 1/3 Link
Drew Pomeranz RP SD $1.350 1/3 Link
Tyson Ross SP SD $9.625 3/4 Link
Charlie Furbush RP SEA  $1.600 2/3 Link
Evan Scribner RP SEA  $0.807 1/4 Link
Leonys Martin OF SEA $4.150 1/3 Link
Brandon Moss 1B/OF STL $8.250 4/4 Link
Matt Adams 1B STL $1.650 1/3 Link
Seth Maness RP STL $1.400 1/3 Link
Trevor Rosenthal RP STL $5.600 1/3 Link
Alex Cobb SP TB $4.000 2/3 Link
Brandon Guyer OF TB $1.185 1/3 Link
Desmond Jennings OF TB $3.300 2/3 Link
Erasmo Ramirez SP TB $2.375 1/4 Link
Hank Conger C TB $1.500 2/3 Link
Jake McGee RP TB $4.800 3/4 Link
Logan Morrison 1B/DH TB $4.200 3/3 Link
Rene Rivera C TB $1.700 2/3 Link
Jurickson Profar SS TEX $0.605 1/4 Link
Robinson Chirinos C TEX $1.550 1/3 Link
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX $0.900 1/3 Link
Tom Wilhelmsen RP TEX $3.100 2/3 Link
Aaron Loup RP TOR $1.050 1/3 Link
Brett Cecil RP TOR $3.800 3/3 Link
Drew Hutchison SP TOR $2.200 1/3 Link
Drew Storen RP TOR $8.375 4/4 Link
Michael Saunders OF TOR $2.900 3/3 Link
Steve Delabar RP TOR $0.835 1/3 Link
Anthony Rendon 3B WAS $2.800 1/4 Link
Ben Revere OF WAS $6.250 3/4 Link
Danny Espinosa INF WAS $2.875 2/3 Link
Stephen Strasburg SP WAS $10.400 3/3 Link
Wilson Ramos C WAS $5.350 3/3 Link

The biggest determining factor in a player’s salary is his service time. Player A may be significantly more valuable than Player B, but if Player B is in his fourth year of arbitration eligibility to Player’A first year, then Player B will almost always earn more money. The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo is a great example, as he is earning $9.15 million despite posting only 1.6 Wins Above Replacement this past season, according to Baseball Reference. Arbitration salaries are only partially a reflection of a player’s actual skill.

Chip Hale tabs Zack Greinke to start Opening Day for the Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke talks to the media during a press conference, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Phoenix. Greinke could have stayed with the Los Angeles Dodgers or gone up the coast to the San Francisco Giants. Instead, he signed a massive contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, dramatically shifting the landscape in the NL West.   (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Today in unsurprising news: Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale appeared on MLB Network Radio and announced that new starter Zack Greinke will take the hill on Opening Day, per Jim Bowden.

It was just a formality, as who else could start Opening Day for them other than the man they signed to a six-year, $206.5 million contract last month? The D-Backs also acquired Shelby Miller this offseason in a trade with the Braves, but he’s yet to put up stats in Greinke’s echelon.

During the 2015 regular season, Greinke went 19-3 with a major league leading 1.66 ERA along with a 200/40 K/BB ratio over 222 2/3 innings. In the postseason, he yielded five runs in two starts spanning 13 2/3 innings versus the Mets in the NLDS, a series the Dodgers lost in five games.

34 players remain unsigned after Friday’s arbitration deadline

Jake Arrieta
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The deadline for players and teams to exchange arbitration figures passed on Friday afternoon and 34 players remain unsigned. Arbitration hearings will begin on February 1, so these 34 players still have time to reach an agreement with their respective teams.

Hearings typically favor teams. Six of 14 players (43 percent) won their hearings last year. The 14 cases was a high-water mark since 2001 and a significant increase over the three cases in 2014.

Here’s a list of all of the players along with their requested salaries, their teams’ counter offers, the differences, and the midpoints. Clicking on the word “Link” will take you to the source of the information in a given row. All salary figures are in millions.

Player Pos Team Player $ Team $ Diff. Midpoint Source
A.J. Pollock OF ARI $3.900 $3.650 $0.250 $3.775 Link
Brian Matusz RP BAL $4.400 $3.500 $0.900 $3.950 Link
Zach Britton RP BAL $7.900 $5.600 $2.300 $6.750 Link
Junichi Tazawa RP BOS $4.150 $2.700 $1.450 $3.425 Link
Robbie Ross RP BOS
Jake Arrieta SP CHC $13.000 $7.500 $5.500 $10.250 Link
J.J. Hoover RP CIN $1.400 $1.225 $0.175 $1.313 Link
Charlie Blackmon OF COL $3.900 $2.700 $1.200 $3.300 Link
D.J. LeMahieu 2B COL $3.300 $2.800 $0.500 $3.050 Link
J.D. Martinez OF DET $8.000 $6.000 $2.000 $7.000 Link
Evan Gattis C/OF HOU $3.850 $3.000 $0.850 $3.425 Link
Jason Castro C HOU $5.250 $5.000 $0.250 $5.125 Link
Lorenzo Cain OF KC $7.850 $5.000 $2.850 $6.425 Link
Mike Moustakas 3B KC $7.000 $4.200 $2.800 $5.600 Link
Garrett Richards SP LAA $7.100 $5.300 $1.800 $6.200 Link
Kole Calhoun OF LAA $3.900 $2.350 $1.550 $3.125 Link
Kevin Jepsen RP MIN $5.400 $5.050 $0.350 $5.225 Link
Plouffe, Trevor 3B MIN $7.950 $7.000 $0.950 $7.475 Link
Jenrry Mejia RP NYM $2.595 $2.345 $0.250 $2.470 Link
Jeurys Familia RP NYM $4.800 $3.300 $1.500 $4.050 Link
Lucas Duda 1B NYM $7.400 $5.900 $1.500 $6.650 Link
Neil Walker 2B NYM $11.800 $9.400 $2.400 $10.600 Link
Aroldis Chapman RP NYY $13.100 $9.000 $4.100 $11.050 Link
Didi Gregorius SS NYY $2.525 $2.300 $0.225 $2.413 Link
Nathan Eovaldi SP NYY $6.300 $4.900 $1.400 $5.600 Link
Ivan Nova SP NYY $4.600 $3.800 $0.800 $4.200 Link
Brandon Belt 1B SFG $7.500 $5.300 $2.200 $6.400 Link
George Kontos RP SFG $1.350 $0.850 $0.500 $1.100 Link
Drew Smyly SP TB $3.750 $3.200 $0.550 $3.475 Link
Jake Diekman RP TEX $1.550 $0.975 $0.575 $1.263 Link
Mitch Moreland 1B TEX $6.000 $4.675 $1.325 $5.338 Link
Shawn Tolleson RP TEX $3.900 $2.600 $1.300 $3.250 Link
Jesse Chavez SP TOR $4.000 $3.600 $0.400 $3.800 Link
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR $11.800 $11.350 $0.450 $11.575 Link

The two cases that stand out are Jake Arrieta and Aroldis Chapman. Arrieta, the defending National League Cy Young Award winner, filed for $13 million while the Cubs countered at $7.5 million. It’s a pretty stark difference of opinion. As Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reported earlier, neither side is worried much about the gap.

Arrieta received 17 of 30 first place votes in NL Cy Young balloting. He went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and a 236/48 K/BB ratio in 229 innings. He led the majors in wins, complete games (four), and shutouts (three).

Chapman, the Yankees’ new closer, filed for $13.1 million while the Yankees countered at $9 million. Friday was a good day for closers, as Trevor Rosenthal got $5.6 million from the Cardinals in his first year of arbitration eligibility, Mark Melancon got $9.65 from the Pirates in his final year, and Kenley Jansen got $10.65 million from the Dodgers in his final year. This past season, Chapman saved 33 games with a 1.63 ERA and a 116/33 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings. MLB Trade Rumors projected Chapman to take home $12.9 million so it wouldn’t be shocking to see him win his case against the Yankees.

Royals, Lorenzo Cain nearing agreement on two-year extension

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Update (7:31 PM EST): ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports the two sides are in agreement, pending a physical. Cain will earn $6.5 million in 2016 and $11 million in ’17. The deal does not contain any options, so Cain will become eligible for free agency after the 2017 season.

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals and outfielder Lorenzo Cain are close to an agreement on a two-year, $17.5 extension which would cover his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Cain and the Royals weren’t able to reach an agreement ahead of Friday’s deadline. Cain submitted a request of $7.85 million while the Royals countered at $5 million. Had the two sides not reached an agreement by the time arbitration hearings were held, an independent arbitrator would choose either Cain’s request or the Royals’ counter as his salary for the 2016 season.

The midpoint between the two sides was $6.425 million. The average annual value of Cain’s expected extension ($8.75 million) exceeds that by over two million.

Cain, 29, hit .307/.361/.477 with 16 home runs, 72 RBI, 101 runs scored, and 28 stolen bases for the Royals during the 2015 regular season. In helping his club win the World Series, Cain registered a hit in 14 of 16 playoff games, including nine consecutively between Game 1 of the ALDS and Game 4 of the ALCS.

Astros, Dallas Keuchel avoid arbitration with record $7.25 million

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The Astros and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel avoided arbitration on Friday, agreeing on a one-year, $7.25 million contract in the lefty’s first year of arbitration eligibility. That, as Jon Heyman notes, is a record for first-time arbitration-eligible players.

Keuchel, 28, will be eligible for arbitration in 2017 and ’18 as well, and can become eligible for free agency after the 2018 season. He and the Astros are expected to discuss a contract extension, however.

This past season, Keuchel went 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA and a 216/51 K/BB ratio in 232 innings. He received 22 of 30 first place votes in AL Cy Young balloting, beating out runner-up David Price.