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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)

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

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The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.

Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.