Dodgers decline Garland's $10 million option

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When the Diamondbacks traded Jon Garland to the Dodgers on August 31 they agreed to pay his remaining 2009 salary and cover his $2.5 million buyout for 2010, so it comes as no surprise that Los Angeles officially declined the right-hander’s $10 million option this afternoon.
Garland pitched well for the Dodgers down the stretch, going 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA in six starts, but didn’t appear in the NLDS and was left off the NLCS roster. He finished the year 11-13 with a 4.01 ERA and 109/61 K/BB ratio in 204 innings overall, making at least 32 starts for the eighth straight season and posting an ERA in the 4.00s for the seventh time during that span.
His strikeout rate is among the worst in baseball and Garland doesn’t have especially good control, but he’s incredibly durable, induces plenty of ground balls, and is still just 30 years old despite seemingly being around forever. Garland received $8.75 million in guaranteed money from Arizona as a free agent last offseason and should have no trouble securing a one- or two-year deal for at least $5 million per season this winter.

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

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The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.

Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.