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Angels, Hector Santiago avoid arbitration

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The Angels and starter Hector Santiago have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year, $5 million contract, per MLB.com’s Mike DiGiovanna. MLB Trade Rumors had projected Santiago would earn $5.1 million. The lefty was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility after earning $2.29 in his first go-around last year.

Santiago, 28, posted a 3.59 ERA with a 162/71 K/BB ratio in 180 2/3 innings in his third season as a full-time starter and his second with the Angels after they acquired him as part of a three-way trade that also involved the Diamondbacks in December 2013. He made the American League All-Star roster but did not participate in the game.

The Angels have three pending arbitration cases remaining with outfielder Kole Calhoun, starter Garrett Richards, and reliever Fernando Salas.

MLB and MLBPA announce first set of COVID-19 test results

MLB COVID-19 test results
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On Friday evening, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing as part of the mandatory intake screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics are not part of this data because their testing has not yet been completed.

There were 38 positive tests, accounting for 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested. 31 of the 38 individuals who tested positive are players. 19 different teams had one or more individuals test positive.

Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri notes that the positive test rate in the U.S. nationally is 8.3 percent. The NBA’s positive test rate was 7.1 percent. MLB’s positive test rate is well below average. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with MLB’s testing or that it’s an atypical round of testing. Rather, MLB’s testing population may more closely represent the U.S. population as a whole. Currently, because testing is still somewhat limited, those who have taken tests have tended to be those exhibiting symptoms or those who have been around others who have tested positive. If every single person in the U.S. took a test, the positive test rate would likely come in at a much lower number.

Several players who tested positive have given their consent for their identities to be made known. Those are: Delino DeShields (link), Brett Martin (link), Edward Colina, Nick Gordon, and Willians Astudillo (link). Additionally, Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez has not shown up to Red Sox camp yet because he has been around someone who tested positive, per The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.