Bunches and bunches of random guys avoid arbitration

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Like we said earlier: tons of signings today. We’ve been highlighting the bigger names, but many, many more players are avoiding arbitration. Among the more notable ones:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, $2.4 million;
  • J.J. Hardy, Orioles. $5.5 million;
  • Carlos Quentin, White Sox, $5.05 million;
  • Kevin Kouzmanoff, Athletics, $4.75 million;
  • Martin Prado, Braves, $3.1 million;
  • Boone Logan, Yankees, $1.2 million;
  • Phil Hughes, Yankees, $2.7 million;
  • Andy Sonnanstine, Rays, $912,500;
  • Kendry Morales, Angels, $2.95 million;
  • Joba Chamberlain, Yankees, $1.4 million;
  • Matt Garza, Cubs, $5.95 million.

There are a lot of things to say about some of these guys, but one observation I think is worth making right now: for the past several years we’ve witnessed the disappearance of baseball’s so-called middle class. There are lots of top end deals, and lots of low-dollar deals, but not much in between. ¬†While that remains true of the multi-year deals, it does seem like there are more higher-priced single-year deals this year than in arbitration filing deadlines past.

We’ll wait for them to all come in and see if that holds up, but it’s the sense I have just from eyeballing it this afternoon.