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Blake Treinen wins arbitration case against Athletics

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Closer Blake Treinen will earn $6.4 million in 2019 after winning his arbitration case against the Athletics. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the figure marks a $4.25 million raise from his 2018 salary of $2.15 million, a new record for a “second-time arbitration-eligible reliever.”

Treinen, 30, certainly pitched well enough to merit the bump. He was awarded his first career All-Star distinction after pitching to a pristine 0.94 ERA, 3.0 BB/9, and 11.4 SO/9 through the first half of the 2018 season, and finished the year with even stronger marks: an 0.78 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, and 11.2 SO/9 in 80 1/3 frames, 38 saves, 100 strikeouts, 3.6 fWAR, and consideration for both the AL Cy Young and AL MVP Award.

Entering the 2018 offseason, the right-hander was one of 10 arbitration-eligible players on Oakland’s roster. He filed at $6.4 million prior to the initial arbitration deadline and was met with a $5.6 million counter from the Athletics. The club avoided additional hearings after settling with their remaining nine players: Khris Davis ($16.5 million), Marcus Semien ($5.9 million), Jurickson Profar ($3.6 million), Sean Manaea ($3.15 million), Liam Hendriks ($2.15 million), Mark Canha ($2.05 million), Ryan Buchter ($1.4 million), Josh Phegley ($1.075 million), and Ryan Dull ($860,000).

Cardinals sign Matt Wieters to one-year, $2 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.

Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.

Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.