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Players, teams rush to avoid arbitration

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As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Friday marked the deadline for players and teams to come to an agreement to avoid arbitration. A player is eligible for arbitration if he has between three and six years of service time. In some cases, players with between two and three years of service time also become eligible for arbitration, known as “super two” players. If an agreement is not reached, both the player and his team submit a salary to an independent arbitrator and make a case for making more money or paying the player less. Either the player’s submitted figure or the team’s is selected; there is no middle ground. Whether or not players go to an arbitration hearing with their teams, they almost always get raises year over year even if they performed poorly.

There was a flurry of action on Friday in which players and their teams reached agreements to avoid going to an arbitration hearing. Here’s that list, which is still incomplete.

Angels

Astros

Athletics

Blue Jays

Braves

Brewers

Cardinals

Cubs

Note: Bryant’s $10.85 million salary is a record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time. Former Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard previously held the record, earning $10 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility going into the 2008 season.

Diamondbacks

Dodgers

Giants

Indians

Mariners

Marlins

Mets

Nationals

Orioles

Padres

Phillies

Pirates

Rangers

  • IF/OF Jurickson Profar: $1.05 million (second of four years)
  • P Jake Diekman: $2.7125 million (third of three years)
  • P Keone Kela: $1.2 million (first of four years)

Rays

Red Sox

Reds

Rockies

Royals

Tigers

  • P Alex Wilson: $1.925 million (second of three years)
  • P Shane Greene: $1.95 million (first of three years)
  • 3B Nick Castellanos: $6.05 million (second of three years)

Twins

White Sox

Yankees

If a player is not listed, it doesn’t necessarily mean he and his team haven’t reached an agreement — it could just be that the information hasn’t been made public yet. If indeed a player and his team weren’t able to come to terms, then the two sides will hash things out in an arbitration hearing next month.

As of right now, the known players who did not come to an agreement with their teams…

  • Astros: OF George Springer, P Ken Giles, P Collin McHugh
    • Springer filed for $10.5 million, Astros for $8.5 million
    • Giles filed for $4.6  million, Astros for $4.2 million
    • McHugh filed for $5 million, Astros for $4.55 million
  • Athletics: P Kendall Graveman
    • Graveman filed for $2.6 million, Athletics for $2.36 million
  • Blue Jays: P Marcus Stroman, P Roberto Osuna
    • Stroman filed for $6.9 million, Blue Jays for $6.5 million
    • Osuna filed for $5.8 million, Blue Jays for $5.3 million
  • Braves: P Mike Foltynewicz
    • Foltynewicz filed for $2.3 million, Braves for $2.2 million
  • Cubs: P Justin Grimm
    • Grimm filed for $2.475 million, Cubs for $2.2 million
  • Diamondbacks: P Shelby Miller
    • Miller filed for $4.9 million, Diamondbacks for $4.7 million
  • Indians: P Trevor Bauer
    • Bauer filed for $6.525 million, Indians for $5.3 million
  • Marlins: C J.T. Realmuto, 1B Justin Bour
    • Realmuto filed for $3.5 million, Marlins for $2.9 million
    • Bour filed for $3.4 million, Marlins for $3 million
  • Mets: P Zack Wheeler
    • Wheeler filed for $1.9 million, Mets for $1.5 million
  • Orioles: P Kevin Gausman, 2B Jonathan Schoop
    • Gausman filed for $6.225 million, Orioles for $5.3 million
    • Schoop filed for $9 million, Orioles for $7.5 million
  • Pirates: P Felipe Rivero
    • Rivero filed for $2.9 million, Pirates for $2.4 million
  • Rays: P Jake Odorizzi, SS Adeiny Hechavarria
    • Odorizzi filed for $6.3 million, Rays for $6.05 million
    • Hechavarria filed for $5.9 million, Rays for $5.35 million
  • Red Sox: OF Mookie Betts
    • Betts filed for $10.5 million, Red Sox for $7.5 million
  • Reds: 2B Scooter Gennett, 3B Eugenio Suarez
    • Gennett filed for $5.7 million, Reds for $5.1 million
    • Suarez filed for $4.2 million, Reds for $3.75 million
  • Royals: P Brandon Maurer
    • Maurer filed for $3.95 million, Royals for $2.95 million
  • Tigers: SS Jose Iglesias
    • Iglesias filed for $6.8 million, Tigers for $5.6 million
  • Twins: P Kyle Gibson
    • Gibson filed for $4.55 million, Twins for $4.2 million
  • White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia, 2B Yolmer Sanchez
    • Garcia filed for $6.7 million, White Sox for $5.85 million
    • Sanchez filed for $2.35 million, White Sox for $2.1 million

Mike Piazza presided over the destruction of a 100-year-old soccer team

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Mike Piazza was elected to the Hall of Fame in January of 2016 and inducted in July of 2016. In between those dates he purchased an Italian soccer team, A.C. Reggiana 1919, a member of Italy’s third division. In June of that year he was greeted as a savior in Reggio Emilia, the small Italian town in which the team played. He was the big American sports star who was going to restore the venerable club to its past and rightful place of glory.

There were suggestions by last March that things weren’t going well, but know we know that in less than two years it all fell apart. Piazza and his wife Alicia presided over a hot mess of a business, losing millions of dollars and, this past June, they abruptly liquidated the club. It is now defunct — one year short of its centennial — and a semipro team is playing in its place, trying to acquire the naming rights from Piazza as it wends its way though bankruptcy.

Today at The Athletic, Robert Andrew Powell has a fascinating — no, make that outrageously entertaining — story of how that all went down from the perspective of the Piazzas. Mostly Alicia Piazza who ran the team in its second year when Mike realized he was in over his head. She is . . . something. Her quotes alone are worth the price of admission. For example:

Alicia, who refers to Mike’s ownership dream as “his midlife crisis,” offered up a counter argument.

“Who the f**k ever heard of Reggio Emilia?” she asked. “It’s not Venice. It’s not Rome. My girlfriend said, and you can quote this—and this really depressed me. She said, ‘Honey, you bought into Pittsburgh.’ Like, it wasn’t the New York Yankees. It wasn’t the Mets. It wasn’t the Dodgers. You bought Pittsburgh!”

In their Miami living room, Mike tried to interject but she stopped him.

“And imagine what that feels like, after spending 10 million euros. You bought Pittsburgh!”

At this point it may be worth remembering that Piazza is from Pennsylvania. Eastern Pennsylvania to be sure, but still.

Shockingly, it didn’t end all that well for the Piazzas in Reggio Emilia:

One week later, the Piazzas returned to Reggio Emilia, and were spotted at the team offices. More than a hundred ultras marched into the office parking lot, chanting and demanding answers. Carabinieri—national police aligned with the military—showed up for the Piazzas’ safety. The police advised the Americans to avoid the front door of the complex and exit through the back. Mike assured them it wouldn’t be necessary—he had always enjoyed a good relationship with the fans.

The carabinieri informed him that the relationship had changed. The Piazzas slipped out the back door, under police escort.

The must-read of the week. Maybe the month. Hell, maybe the year. The only thing I can imagine topping it is if someone can tell this story from the perspective of the people in Reggio Emilia. I’m guessing their take is a bit different than the Piazzas.