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A summary of the action ahead of Friday’s arbitration submission deadline

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We already went over the 34 players who remain unsigned after Friday afternoon’s deadline for players and teams to submit arbitration figures. Here are the 121 players who did agree to deals with their respective teams.

The data below includes the players’ salaries as well as their arbitration eligibility information. The first number in the “Arb Yr” column denotes which year of eligibility a player is in and the second number is the total number of arbitration-eligible years for the player. Clicking “Link” will take you to the source of the information for that particular row.

Player Pos Team Salary Arb Yr Source
Daniel Hudson RP ARI $2.700 3/3 Link
Patrick Corbin SP ARI $2.525 1/3 Link
Randall Delgado RP ARI $1.275 1/3 Link
Rubby De La Rosa SP ARI $2.350 1/3 Link
Shelby Miller SP ARI $4.350 1/3 Link
Welington Castillo C ARI $3.700 2/3 Link
Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL $0.898 1/3 Link
Chris Withrow RP ATL $0.610 1/4 Link
Brad Brach RP BAL $1.250 1/3 Link
Chris Tillman SP BAL $6.225 2/3 Link
Manny Machado 3B BAL $5.000 1/3 Link
Mark Trumbo 1B/OF BAL $9.150 3/3 Link
Miguel Gonzalez SP BAL $5.100 2/3 Link
Nolan Reimold OF BAL $1.300 3/3 Link
Ryan Flaherty INF BAL $1.500 2/3 Link
Joe Kelly SP BOS $2.600 1/3 Link
Adam Warren RP CHC $1.700 1/3 Link
Chris Coghlan OF CHC $4.800 3/3 Link
Hector Rondon RP CHC $4.200 1/3 Link
Justin Grimm RP CHC $1.275 1/4 Link
Pedro Strop RP CHC $4.400 3/4 Link
Travis Wood RP CHC $6.170 3/3 Link
Avisail Garcia OF CHW $2.100 1/4 Link
Brett Lawrie 3B CHW $4.125 2/3 Link
Dan Jennings RP CHW $0.810 1/4 Link
Zach Putnam RP CHW $0.975 1/4 Link
Zack Cozart SS CIN 2/3 Link
Bryan Shaw RP CLE $2.750 2/3 Link
Cody Allen RP CLE $4.150 1/3 Link
Jeff Manship RP CLE $0.760 1/4 Link
Josh Tomlin SP CLE $2.250 3/3 Link
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B CLE $2.725 2/3 Link
Nolan Arenado 3B COL $5.000 1/4 Link
Andrew Romine C DET $0.900 1/3 Link
Jose Iglesias SS DET $2.100 1/3 Link
Justin Wilson RP DET $1.525 1/3 Link
Dallas Keuchel SP HOU $7.250 1/3 Link
Josh Fields RP HOU $0.900 1/3 Link
Luis Valbuena 3B HOU $6.125 4/4 Link
Marwin Gonzalez INF/OF HOU $2.000 2/4 Link
Danny Duffy SP KC $4.225 2/3 Link
Drew Butera C KC $1.163 3/3 Link
Jarrod Dyson OF KC $1.725 2/3 Link
Louis Coleman RP KC $0.725 1/3 Link
Tony Cruz C KC $0.975 2/3 Link
Fernando Salas RP LAA $2.400 3/3 Link
A.J. Ellis C LAD $4.500 4/4 Link
Chris Hatcher RP LAD $1.065 1/4 Link
Justin Turner 3B LAD $5.100 3/3 Link
Kenley Jansen RP LAD $10.650 3/3 Link
Luis Avilan RP LAD $1.390 1/3 Link
Slyke Scott Van OF LAD $1.225 1/4 Link
Yasmani Grandal C LAD $2.800 1/3 Link
A.J. Ramos RP MIA $3.400 1/3 Link
Adeiny Hechavarria SS MIA $2.625 1/3 Link
Bryan Morris RP MIA $1.350 1/3 Link
Carter Capps RP MIA 1/3 Link
David Phelps RP MIA $2.500 2/4 Link
Jose Fernandez SP MIA $2.800 1/3 Link
Tom Koehler SP MIA $3.500 1/3 Link
Jean Segura SS MIL $2.600 1/3 Link
Will Smith RP MIL $1.475 1/3 Link
Wily Peralta SP MIL $2.800 1/3 Link
Casey Fien RP MIN $2.275 2/4 Link
Eduardo Escobar INF/OF MIN $2.150 1/3 Link
Eduardo Nunez INF MIN $1.475 2/3 Link
Tommy Milone SP MIN $4.500 2/4 Link
Addison Reed RP NYM $5.300 2/3 Link
Carlos Torres RP NYM $1.050 1/3 Link
Josh Edgin RP NYM $0.625 1/3 Link
Matt Harvey SP NYM $4.325 1/3 Link
Ruben Tejada SS NYM $3.000 3/4 Link
Dustin Ackley INF/OF NYY $3.200 2/3 Link
Michael Pineda SP NYY $4.300 2/3 Link
Danny Valencia 3B OAK $3.150 2/3 Link
Fernando Rodriguez RP OAK $1.050 2/3 Link
Josh Reddick OF OAK $6.575 3/3 Link
Yonder Alonso 1B OAK $2.650 2/3 Link
Freddy Galvis SS PHI $2.000 1/3 Link
Jeanmar Gomez RP PHI $1.400 2/3 Link
Jeremy Hellickson SP PHI $7.000 3/3 Link
Francisco Cervelli C PIT $3.500 3/3 Link
Jared Hughes RP PIT $2.175 2/4 Link
Jeff Locke SP PIT $3.025 1/3 Link
Jordy Mercer SS PIT $2.075 1/3 Link
Mark Melancon RP PIT $9.650 3/3 Link
Tony Watson RP PIT $3.450 2/3 Link
Andrew Cashner SP SD $7.150 3/3 Link
Derek Norris C SD $2.925 1/3 Link
Drew Pomeranz RP SD $1.350 1/3 Link
Tyson Ross SP SD $9.625 3/4 Link
Charlie Furbush RP SEA  $1.600 2/3 Link
Evan Scribner RP SEA  $0.807 1/4 Link
Leonys Martin OF SEA $4.150 1/3 Link
Brandon Moss 1B/OF STL $8.250 4/4 Link
Matt Adams 1B STL $1.650 1/3 Link
Seth Maness RP STL $1.400 1/3 Link
Trevor Rosenthal RP STL $5.600 1/3 Link
Alex Cobb SP TB $4.000 2/3 Link
Brandon Guyer OF TB $1.185 1/3 Link
Desmond Jennings OF TB $3.300 2/3 Link
Erasmo Ramirez SP TB $2.375 1/4 Link
Hank Conger C TB $1.500 2/3 Link
Jake McGee RP TB $4.800 3/4 Link
Logan Morrison 1B/DH TB $4.200 3/3 Link
Rene Rivera C TB $1.700 2/3 Link
Jurickson Profar SS TEX $0.605 1/4 Link
Robinson Chirinos C TEX $1.550 1/3 Link
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX $0.900 1/3 Link
Tom Wilhelmsen RP TEX $3.100 2/3 Link
Aaron Loup RP TOR $1.050 1/3 Link
Brett Cecil RP TOR $3.800 3/3 Link
Drew Hutchison SP TOR $2.200 1/3 Link
Drew Storen RP TOR $8.375 4/4 Link
Michael Saunders OF TOR $2.900 3/3 Link
Steve Delabar RP TOR $0.835 1/3 Link
Anthony Rendon 3B WAS $2.800 1/4 Link
Ben Revere OF WAS $6.250 3/4 Link
Danny Espinosa INF WAS $2.875 2/3 Link
Stephen Strasburg SP WAS $10.400 3/3 Link
Wilson Ramos C WAS $5.350 3/3 Link

The biggest determining factor in a player’s salary is his service time. Player A may be significantly more valuable than Player B, but if Player B is in his fourth year of arbitration eligibility to Player’A first year, then Player B will almost always earn more money. The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo is a great example, as he is earning $9.15 million despite posting only 1.6 Wins Above Replacement this past season, according to Baseball Reference. Arbitration salaries are only partially a reflection of a player’s actual skill.

An Astros executive asked scouts to use cameras, binoculars to steal signs in 2017

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The Athletic reports that an Astros executive asked scouts to spy on opponents’ dugouts in August of 2017, suggesting in an email that they use cameras or binoculars to do so.

The email, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports, came from Kevin Goldstein, who is currently a special assistant for player personnel but who at the time was the director of pro scouting. In it he wrote:

“One thing in specific we are looking for is picking up signs coming out of the dugout. What we are looking for is how much we can see, how we would log things, if we need cameras/binoculars, etc. So go to game, see what you can (or can’t) do and report back your findings.”

The email came during the same month that the Red Sox were found to have illegally used an Apple Watch to steal signs from the Yankees. The Red Sox were fined as a result, and it led to a clarification from Major League Baseball that sign stealing via electronic or technological means was prohibited. Early in 2019 Major League Baseball further emphasized this rule and stated that teams would receive heavy penalties, including loss of draft picks and/or bonus pool money if they were found to be in violation.

It’s an interesting question whether Goldstein’s request to scouts would fall under the same category as the Apple Watch stuff or other technology-based sign-stealing schemes. On the one hand, the email certainly asked scouts to use cameras and binoculars to get a look at opposing signs. On the other hand, it does not appear that it was part of a sign-relaying scheme or that it was to be used in real time. Rather, it seems aimed at information gathering for later use. The Athletic suggests that using eyes or binoculars would be considered acceptable in 2017 but that cameras would not be. The Athletic spoke to scouts and other front office people who all think that asking scouts to use a camera would “be over the line” or would constitute “cheating.”

Of course, given how vague, until very recently Major League Baseball’s rules have been about this — it’s long been governed by the so-called “unwritten rules” and convention, only recently becoming a matter of official sanction — it’s not at all clear how the league might consider it. It’s certainly part and parcel of an overarching sign-stealing culture in baseball which we are learning has moved far, far past players simply looking on from second base to try to steal signs, which has always been considered a simple matter of gamesmanship. Now, it appears, it is organizationally-driven, with baseball operations, scouting and audio-visual people being involved. The view on all of this has changed given how sophisticated and wide-ranging an operation modern sign-stealing appears to be. Major League Baseball was particularly concerned, at the time the Red Sox were punished for the Apple Watch stuff, that it involved management and front office personnel.

Regardless of how that all fits together, Goldstein’s email generated considerable angst among Astros scouts, many of whom, The Athletic and ESPN report, commented in real time via email and the Astros scout’s Slack channel, that they considered it to be an unreasonable request that would risk their reputations as scouts. Some voiced concern to management. Today that email has new life, emerging as it does in the wake of last week’s revelations about the Astros’ sign-stealing schemes.

This is quickly becoming the biggest story of the offseason.