Brandon Phillips is one season away from becoming a free agent, but the Reds second baseman posted a tweet today seemingly hinting at a possible long-term contract extension:
Just a couple weeks ago general manager Walt Jocketty described contract talks as “not close” and Phillips has previously tweeted some stuff suggesting he expected to become a free agent.
For now he’s under contract for $12 million in 2012 and coming off a season in which he hit a career-high .300 with 18 homers and an .810 OPS while winning his third Gold Glove award. At age 30 he’ll no doubt be looking for at least a three- or four-year extension.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez won his salary arbitration case and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.
Miami argued for a $5 million salary during a hearing before John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.
Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.
Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.
Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.
A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.