Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller joins Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts as players to win his arbitration case against his team, making the players 2-for-2 thus far. Historically, arbitration cases have tended to favor teams. So, although it’s a terribly small sample, it’s still noteworthy.
As Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported, Miller will receive the $4.9 million he filed for against the Diamondbacks’ $4.7 million counter. Miller will be eligible for arbitration one more time next offseason and will become a free agent after the 2019 campaign.
Miller, 27, made only four starts last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery in May. Realistically, the right-hander won’t make his season debut until the second half of the season. It’s been a rough two years in Arizona for Miller, as he struggled to a 6.15 ERA across 20 starts in 2016, resulting in a brief demotion to the minors.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.