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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).

Clayton Kershaw shut down with “an arm kind of thing”

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Spring training is just underway but Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is already being shut down indefinitely.

Kershaw threw two bullpen sessions this week and, as the Los Angeles Times reports, he “didn’t feel right” afterward. Manager Dave Roberts said it was “arm kind of thing,” which, viva specificity. Roberts did allow that it might be so-called “dead arm” but it’s too soon to know. For now he’ll be working out as usual but not throwing.

Kershaw has had an increasing number of nagging injuries and ailments over the past several seasons, limiting him to 26 starts last year, 27 the year before and 21 in 2016. Whether this is something serious or not is unknown, but at least he’s experiencing it now instead of the middle of the season.