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Carlos Correa and Tommy Pham win arbitration cases

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Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Rays outfielder Tommy Pham both won their arbitration cases on Tuesday, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports.

Correa, 24, was entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility. He had filed for $5 million while the Astros countered at $4.25 million. Arbitrators choose one of the two submitted figures and since Correa won, he will be earning $5 million for the 2019 season.

Correa had a down year compared to his previous three seasons. He hit .239/.323/.405 with 15 home runs, 65 RBI, and 60 runs scored in 468 plate appearances. However, he dealt with back and oblique injuries, which explains the decline in production. Correa recently proclaimed his back to be in “perfect” condition.

Pham, 30, was also entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility. He filed for $4.1 million while the Rays countered at $3.5 million.

Last season, between the Cardinals and Rays, Pham hit an aggregate .275/.367/.464 with 21 home runs, 63 RBI, 102 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 570 plate appearances. He was much more productive upon arriving in St. Petersburg, albeit in a smaller sample size. Pham had a .730 OPS in 98 games with the Cardinals and a 1.071 OPS in 39 games with the Rays. He’s slotted in to be the Rays’ everyday left fielder in 2019.

Athletics reliever Blake Treinen also won his arbitration case on Saturday while Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor lost his case on Friday. Players are thus far 3-for-4. Arbitrators have historically favored teams in their rulings.

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.