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15 players have yet to reach arbitration settlement

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Fifteen players did not reach settlements with their teams after exchanging salary figures prior to Friday’s initial arbitration deadline, per a report from Jeff Passan of ESPN. That doesn’t necessarily mean all 15 players will go to arbitration hearings, but as Craig wrote yesterday, it’s certainly possible that all 30 teams will choose to forego more informal negotiations in favor of a file-and-trial approach. Passan, for his part, cites sources from both the players’ and teams’ sides that say only “10 or so” hearings are expected in 2019.

Listed in descending order, these were the figures filed on Friday, as reported by Fancred’s Jon Heyman, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, and others:

Arenado still has the largest discrepancy between his $30 million ask and the Rockies’ $24 million offer; as we previously noted here, he’s in line for the biggest single-season arbitration payday no matter which amount he’s awarded. On the flip side, Chris Devenski and Michael A. Taylor have the shortest gaps to bridge so far, with only $250K between the numbers they filed and their respective teams’ offers.

Donald Trump wants Curt Schilling in the Hall of Fame

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We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.

Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.

I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.

I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:

Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.