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Players go 6-for-14 in arbitration hearings

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Players and their respective teams went to 14 arbitration hearings leading up to spring training, the most 2001. There were only three hearings last season and none the year prior.

Players won six cases and lost eight, following the trend that hearings have slightly favored teams historically. The six players who won:

  • Pedro Alvarez, Pirates: $5.75 million (team filed for $5.25 million)
  • Jerry Blevins, Nationals: $2.4 million (team filed for $2.2 million)
  • Mike Minor, Braves: $5.6 million (team filed for $5.1 million)
  • Mark Trumbo, Diamondbacks: $6.9 million (team filed for $5.3 million)
  • Danny Valencia, Blue Jays: $1.675 million (team filed for $1.25 million)
  • Vance Worley, Pirates: $2.45 million (team filed for $2 million)

The eight who lost their cases:

  • Alejandro De Aza, Orioles: $5 million (player filed for $5.65 million)
  • Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: $4.3 million (player filed for $5.75 million)
  • Mat Latos, Marlins: $9.4 million (player filed for $10.4 million)
  • Jarrod Parker, Athletics: $850,000 (player filed for $1.7 million)
  • David Phelps, Marlins: $1.4 million (player filed for $1.875 million)
  • Wilin Rosario, Rockies: $2.8 million (player filed for $3.3 million)
  • Neil Walker, Pirates: $8.0 million (player filed for $9.0 million)
  • Tom Wilhelmsen, Mariners: $1.4 million (player filed for $2.2 million)

As Jon Heyman of CBS Sports notes, it seems that the cases tended to favor players coming off of disappointing or injury-shortened seasons (e.g. Minor and Trumbo) while productive, established players (e.g. Donaldson and Latos) tended to lose.

Mark Trumbo wins his arbitration hearing

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It’s a big day for the players. First Pedro Alvarez, now Mark Trumbo, who just won his arbitration case against the Diamondbacks. Trumbo will receive $6.9 million. The Dbacks filed at $5.3 million.

Trumbo appeared in only 88 games last season due to a stress fracture in his left foot, but he still hit 14 homers in an era where power is increasingly rare. He averaged 32 homers and 94 RBI in his previous three seasons, which no doubt played into the arbitrators’ decision.

So far so good with Yasmany Tomas playing third base

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When the Diamondbacks signed Yasmany Tomas for $68.5 million the assumption was that they’d use him in the outfield, where he spent most of his time in Cuba, but the team announced that he’d get a long look at third base.

So how’s it going so far? Here’s an update on Tomas as a third baseman, via rookie manager Chip Hale:

He’s working every day. … I mean, talk about a guy that really wants to learn, he’s been fantastic. … I mean, this is before spring training, but I’m very encouraged with what I see with his feet and his hands. We can push him a little harder each day on stuff. We’re just going to see how it goes. His capability to take in information and put it into play right away is impressive. He’s got the basics down.

Tomas was signed mostly for his power bat, but if he can eventually play a passable third base that would give the Diamondbacks a lot of other lineup options. For now Arizona’s outfield depth chart includes A.J. Pollock flanked by some combination of Mark Trumbo, David Peralta, and Cody Ross.