From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Orioles have avoided arbitration with right-handed starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez by agreeing to a one-year, $3.275 million deal for the 2015 season.
Gonzalez asked the O’s for $3.95 million and was offered $2.5 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on January 16. The two sides agreed to a figure that was slightly in favor of Gonzalez’s filing.
Gonzalez, 30, posted a 3.23 ERA, 1.296 WHIP, and 111/51 K/BB ratio in 159 innings last season for the American League East champs. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career and is under contractual control with the O’s through 2017.
There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.
The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)
So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).