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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.

Nick Cafardo named winner of 2020 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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SAN DIEGO — The Baseball Writers Association of America has named the late Boston Globe columnist, Nick Cafardo, the winner of the 2020 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown next July. Cafardo died suddenly last February at the age of 62 while covering the Red Sox at spring training in Fort Myers.

Cafardo, who covered baseball in New England for 35 years, received 243 votes from the 427 ballots cast by BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years’ service. He becomes the 71st winner of the award since its inception in 1962. Jim Reeves, an award-winning columnist and baseball writer in a 40-year career with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, received 108 votes. Patrick Reusse, who has covered the Twins for decades, got 76.

Cafardo worked at the Brockton Enterprise and the Quincy Patriot-Ledger before joining the Boston Globe as baseball columnist in 1989, where he inherited the Sunday notes column, founded by Peter Gammons. Cafardo covered more than 30 World Series, All-Star Games and Winter Meetings. He wrote four baseball books and won the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year Award in 2014 and the Boston Baseball Writers’ Dave O’Hara Award in 2017.

Cafardo becomes the first posthumous winner of the award since his Boston Globe colleague, Larry Whiteside, in 2008.