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34 players remain unsigned after Friday’s arbitration deadline

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The deadline for players and teams to exchange arbitration figures passed on Friday afternoon and 34 players remain unsigned. Arbitration hearings will begin on February 1, so these 34 players still have time to reach an agreement with their respective teams.

Hearings typically favor teams. Six of 14 players (43 percent) won their hearings last year. The 14 cases was a high-water mark since 2001 and a significant increase over the three cases in 2014.

Here’s a list of all of the players along with their requested salaries, their teams’ counter offers, the differences, and the midpoints. Clicking on the word “Link” will take you to the source of the information in a given row. All salary figures are in millions.

Player Pos Team Player $ Team $ Diff. Midpoint Source
A.J. Pollock OF ARI $3.900 $3.650 $0.250 $3.775 Link
Brian Matusz RP BAL $4.400 $3.500 $0.900 $3.950 Link
Zach Britton RP BAL $7.900 $5.600 $2.300 $6.750 Link
Junichi Tazawa RP BOS $4.150 $2.700 $1.450 $3.425 Link
Robbie Ross RP BOS
Jake Arrieta SP CHC $13.000 $7.500 $5.500 $10.250 Link
J.J. Hoover RP CIN $1.400 $1.225 $0.175 $1.313 Link
Charlie Blackmon OF COL $3.900 $2.700 $1.200 $3.300 Link
D.J. LeMahieu 2B COL $3.300 $2.800 $0.500 $3.050 Link
J.D. Martinez OF DET $8.000 $6.000 $2.000 $7.000 Link
Evan Gattis C/OF HOU $3.850 $3.000 $0.850 $3.425 Link
Jason Castro C HOU $5.250 $5.000 $0.250 $5.125 Link
Lorenzo Cain OF KC $7.850 $5.000 $2.850 $6.425 Link
Mike Moustakas 3B KC $7.000 $4.200 $2.800 $5.600 Link
Garrett Richards SP LAA $7.100 $5.300 $1.800 $6.200 Link
Kole Calhoun OF LAA $3.900 $2.350 $1.550 $3.125 Link
Kevin Jepsen RP MIN $5.400 $5.050 $0.350 $5.225 Link
Plouffe, Trevor 3B MIN $7.950 $7.000 $0.950 $7.475 Link
Jenrry Mejia RP NYM $2.595 $2.345 $0.250 $2.470 Link
Jeurys Familia RP NYM $4.800 $3.300 $1.500 $4.050 Link
Lucas Duda 1B NYM $7.400 $5.900 $1.500 $6.650 Link
Neil Walker 2B NYM $11.800 $9.400 $2.400 $10.600 Link
Aroldis Chapman RP NYY $13.100 $9.000 $4.100 $11.050 Link
Didi Gregorius SS NYY $2.525 $2.300 $0.225 $2.413 Link
Nathan Eovaldi SP NYY $6.300 $4.900 $1.400 $5.600 Link
Ivan Nova SP NYY $4.600 $3.800 $0.800 $4.200 Link
Brandon Belt 1B SFG $7.500 $5.300 $2.200 $6.400 Link
George Kontos RP SFG $1.350 $0.850 $0.500 $1.100 Link
Drew Smyly SP TB $3.750 $3.200 $0.550 $3.475 Link
Jake Diekman RP TEX $1.550 $0.975 $0.575 $1.263 Link
Mitch Moreland 1B TEX $6.000 $4.675 $1.325 $5.338 Link
Shawn Tolleson RP TEX $3.900 $2.600 $1.300 $3.250 Link
Jesse Chavez SP TOR $4.000 $3.600 $0.400 $3.800 Link
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR $11.800 $11.350 $0.450 $11.575 Link

The two cases that stand out are Jake Arrieta and Aroldis Chapman. Arrieta, the defending National League Cy Young Award winner, filed for $13 million while the Cubs countered at $7.5 million. It’s a pretty stark difference of opinion. As Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reported earlier, neither side is worried much about the gap.

Arrieta received 17 of 30 first place votes in NL Cy Young balloting. He went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and a 236/48 K/BB ratio in 229 innings. He led the majors in wins, complete games (four), and shutouts (three).

Chapman, the Yankees’ new closer, filed for $13.1 million while the Yankees countered at $9 million. Friday was a good day for closers, as Trevor Rosenthal got $5.6 million from the Cardinals in his first year of arbitration eligibility, Mark Melancon got $9.65 from the Pirates in his final year, and Kenley Jansen got $10.65 million from the Dodgers in his final year. This past season, Chapman saved 33 games with a 1.63 ERA and a 116/33 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings. MLB Trade Rumors projected Chapman to take home $12.9 million so it wouldn’t be shocking to see him win his case against the Yankees.

Report: Astros, Ryan Pressly close to agreement on two-year, $17.5 million extension

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Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros and reliever Ryan Pressly are close to finalizing a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension, which will also include a third-year vesting club option. Rome notes that the extension is believed to be the largest, in terms of both total money and average annual value, for a reliever who is not a closer.

Pressly, 30, agreed to a $2.9 million salary for the 2019 season back in January, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility. The Astros acquired Pressly from the Twins near the end of July in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Pressly posted a 3.40 ERA in 47 2/3 innings with the Twins and a 0.77 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with the Astros. In the playoffs, Pressly allowed just one run on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts across five innings of work.

Along with Héctor Rondón, Pressly will once again help bridge the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.