We have the results of the first arbitration hearing of the offseason. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, left-hander John Lannan lost his hearing against the Nationals and will earn a $5 million salary this season.
Lannan, 27, requested a $5.7 million salary when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Both sides stated their respective cases yesterday, but the three-person panel of arbitrators ultimately ruled in the favor of the team.
While Lannan lost the hearing, Amanda Comak of the Washington Times notes that he is now the highest-paid pitcher on the Nationals.
Lannan posted career-bests with a 3.70 ERA and 10 wins across 33 starts last season, despite an underwhelming 106/76 K/BB ratio over 184 2/3 innings. He remains under team control through 2013.
Yadier Molina has two World Series rings, multiple Gold Gloves, Platinum Gloves, All-Star appearances and a Silver Slugger award. He now has an all-time record too.
The record: the most games caught with one team. Last night he caught his 1756th career game with the Cardinals, with ties him with Gabby Hartnett of the Cubs, who last caught in 1941 and set the record in 1940, his last season with Chicago. Molina will break the record next time he dons the tools of ignorance, likely tonight against the Phillies.
Given how badly catchers get beaten up — and Molina has taken a beating at times in his career — and given how well mastery of the position leads to a catcher earning journeyman status, as it were, it’s quite a thing to catch that many games for one team.
Given that Molina is under contract with the Cardinals for two more seasons and has stated his desire to retire a Cardinal many times, he’s likely to put that record so far out of reach that it’ll likely take at least another 78 years to break it, if indeed it is ever broken.