D.J. LeMahieu signs two-year deal with Rockies, avoiding arbitration

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Second baseman D.J. LeMahieu and the Rockies were set for a hearing today, but instead the two sides avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that LeMahieu will get $3 million this season–compared to his $3.3 million request and the Rockies’ counter of $2.8 million–and $4.8 million in 2017. He’ll remain under team control through 2018 as well, so this does not change his free agency timetable.

LeMahieu made the All-Star team last season on the way to hitting .301 with six homers and a .746 OPS in 150 games. Even with Coors Field inflating his numbers LeMahieu may struggle to duplicate that production, but he’s also a plus defender with good speed.

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.