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Yolmer Sanchez won his arbitration case

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White Sox infielder Yolmer Sanchez won his arbitration case today. He’ll receive a $2.35 million salary for the 2018 season. Chicago’s front office filed at $2.1 million, so they went to the mattresses, hiring attorneys and everything, over a couple hundred grand.

Whatever, it’s their money.

Sanchez, 25, hit .267/.319/.413 with 12 home runs and eight stolen bases in 141 games last season. He’s a Super Two qualifier, which means that he gets four rounds of arbitration instead of the usual three, so he’ll either go through this process three more times, sign a long term deal to avoid the process or, at some point, get non-tendered by the Chisox and become a free agent. Guess it all depends on whether he maintains the strong step forward he took in 2017 or regresses to the meh numbers he showed in his first few seasons in the bigs.

Good luck in 2018, Yolmer.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.