Players go 6-for-14 in arbitration hearings

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Players and their respective teams went to 14 arbitration hearings leading up to spring training, the most 2001. There were only three hearings last season and none the year prior.

Players won six cases and lost eight, following the trend that hearings have slightly favored teams historically. The six players who won:

  • Pedro Alvarez, Pirates: $5.75 million (team filed for $5.25 million)
  • Jerry Blevins, Nationals: $2.4 million (team filed for $2.2 million)
  • Mike Minor, Braves: $5.6 million (team filed for $5.1 million)
  • Mark Trumbo, Diamondbacks: $6.9 million (team filed for $5.3 million)
  • Danny Valencia, Blue Jays: $1.675 million (team filed for $1.25 million)
  • Vance Worley, Pirates: $2.45 million (team filed for $2 million)

The eight who lost their cases:

  • Alejandro De Aza, Orioles: $5 million (player filed for $5.65 million)
  • Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: $4.3 million (player filed for $5.75 million)
  • Mat Latos, Marlins: $9.4 million (player filed for $10.4 million)
  • Jarrod Parker, Athletics: $850,000 (player filed for $1.7 million)
  • David Phelps, Marlins: $1.4 million (player filed for $1.875 million)
  • Wilin Rosario, Rockies: $2.8 million (player filed for $3.3 million)
  • Neil Walker, Pirates: $8.0 million (player filed for $9.0 million)
  • Tom Wilhelmsen, Mariners: $1.4 million (player filed for $2.2 million)

As Jon Heyman of CBS Sports notes, it seems that the cases tended to favor players coming off of disappointing or injury-shortened seasons (e.g. Minor and Trumbo) while productive, established players (e.g. Donaldson and Latos) tended to lose.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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