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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

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.

Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.