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Teams and players have until Friday to exchange arbitration figures

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Friday marks the deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration figures. Players on a team’s 40-man roster with between three and six years of major league service time (and in certain cases, between two and three) are eligible for arbitration. If the team and the player can’t come to an agreement on a salary for the 2018 season, the case will go to an arbitration hearing next month. An independent panel will decide whether the player is deserving of the salary figure he submitted or the figure the team submitted; it is either-or with no middle ground.

Thursday has seen quite a few agreements ahead of Friday’s deadline. Those are…

  • P Zach McAllister (Indians): $2.45 million (third year of arbitration eligibility of three total years)
  • OF Jake Marisnick (Astros): $1.9 million (second of four eligible years)
  • P Blake Parker (Angels): $1.8 million (first of three years)
  • P Chris Rusin (Rockies): $1.2875 million (first of three years)
  • OF Randal Grichuk (Cardinals): $2.6 million (first of three years)
  • C Mike Zunino (Mariners): $2.975 million (first of three years)
  • P Chris Hatcher (Athletics): $2.1 million (third of four years)
  • C James McCann (Tigers): $2.375 million (first of three years)
  • P Tommy Kahnle (Yankees): $1.3125 million (first of three years)
  • 3B Eduardo Escobar (Twins): $4.85 million (third of three years)
  • P Sam Freeman (Braves): $1.075 million (first of three years)
  • P Patrick Corbin (Diamondbacks): $7.5 million (third of three years)
  • OF Aaron Hicks (Yankees): $2.825 million (second of three years)
  • C Martin Maldonado (Angels): $3.9 million (third of three years)

This list will be updated as new information comes in.

Players to have avoided arbitration prior to Thursday…

  • P Cody Allen (Indians): $10.575 million (third of three years)
  • OF Khris Davis (Athletics): $10.5 million (second of three years)
  • C Cameron Rupp (Phillies): $2.05 million (first of three years)
  • P Randall Delgado (Diamondbacks): $2.25 million (third of three years)
  • OF Ryan Rua (Rangers): $870,000 (first of four years)
  • P Andrew Heaney (Angels): $800,000 (first of four years)
  • P Carson Smith (Red Sox): $850,000 (first of three years)
  • P Steven Wright (Red Sox): $1.1 million (first of three years)
  • P Tyler Thornburg (Red Sox): $2.05 million (second of three years)
  • C Steven Vogt (Brewers): $3.065 million (second of three years)
  • P Blake Wood (Angels): $1.45 million (third of three years)
  • P Robbie Erlin (Padres): $650,000 (first of three years)
  • P Chase Whitley (Braves): $800,000 (first of three years)
  • IF Andrew Romine (Mariners): $1.05 million (third of three years)
  • OF Abraham Almonte (Indians): $825,000 (first of three years)
  • P Dan Otero (Indians): signed contract extension worth $2.5 million over two years (covers second and third years of eligibility)
  • P Mike Morin (Royals): $750,000 (first of three years), later selected off waivers by the Mariners
  • P Yimi Garcia (Dodgers): $630,000 (first of three years)
  • P Danny Farquhar (White Sox): $1.05 million (second of four years)
  • P Rex Brothers (Braves): $1.1 million (second of three years)
  • P Carter Capps (Padres): $1.0625 million (second of three years)
  • P Blaine Hardy (Tigers): $795,000 (first of four years)

Rob Manfred calls Astros sign-stealing investigation “most thorough” MLB investigation ever

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SAN DIEGO — Commissioner Rob Manfred was asked today about the status of the investigation into the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Manfred said “I think that this is probably the most thorough investigation that the Commissioner’s office has ever undertaken.”

I would assume that construction excludes the Mitchell Report, which was undertaken by an outside party, but I guess it’s still quite a claim.

Manfred said that Major League Baseball has interviewed “nearly 60 witnesses” and has reviewed 76,000 e-mails plus a “trove of instant messages.” He said that they are not done, however, and that the review so far has, “caused us to conclude that we have to do some follow-up interviewing.” He said he cannot predict how long the investigation will take, but “it is my hope to conclude the investigation just as promptly as possible.”

Manfred was asked about the sort of discipline he and his office were contemplating but said, “at this point in the investigation it would be wholly inappropriate for me to speculate” about what discipline was in play.

The investigation comes in the wake of the November 12 report in The Athletic about the Astros’ sign-stealing operation, which allegedly involved use of center field video cameras and the relaying of pitch selection to batters. Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers confirmed the scheme to The Athletic and at least three other Astros employees confirmed it as well.

In the wake of that initial report, video and audio emerged which appeared to confirm the sign-stealing and emails from an Astros executive to scouts, asking them to use cameras and/or binoculars in an effort to steal signs have been uncovered. Major League Baseball has vowed serious punishment for Astros executives, coaches and employees who were involved in orchestrating the scheme and to any players or officials who are found to be untruthful with MLB officials in the course of the investigation.

Initially, Major League Baseball said its investigation would be a wide-ranging one, including multiple teams. Soon after that, however, Manfred controversially backtracked on that, saying instead that the probe would focus only on the Astros. Which, to be sure, is the club against whom current allegations have been lodged and whom many around the game suspect to be the worst offenders. As we have noted, however, it’s highly unreasonable to assume that the Astros are alone in perpetrating a sophisticated sign-stealing operation, as their scheme was allegedly imported by a player who learned it while playing elsewhere.

Either way, it sounds like MLB has a lot on its plate with this. When we know something, you’ll know something.