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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 to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.