Josh Hamilton and Joey Votto among 119 players who filed for salary arbitration

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American League MVP Josh Hamilton and National League MVP Joey Votto were among the 119 players who filed for salary arbitration yesterday.

Hamilton earned $3.25 million last season and is in his second year of eligibility, while Votto is arbitration-eligible for the first time. Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke with a few agents about Votto’s arbitration case and the general consensus is that he will ask for $8.5-9.5 million, with the Reds countering at around $7 million.

Maury Brown from Biz of Baseball has a complete list of players who have filed, divided by team.

Teams and players now have until Monday before salary figures are exchanged. We should see quite a few signings between now and then, so keep it here for the latest.

Yankees activate Aroldis Chapman

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Yesterday the New York Yankees got Aaron Judge back. Today they activated closer Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman has been on the disabled list since August 22 with left knee tendinitis. Before going down the 30-year-old fireballer registered a 2.11 ERA and 31 saves with an 84/27 K/BB ratio in 47 innings of work.

In his absence David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Zach Britton have all been bumped an inning back to decidedly mixed results. Now Chapman is back in the mix.