Tracking the arbitration-avoiding deals

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As we mentioned this morning, today is the day by which players and teams had to exchange arbitration figures. As we also mentioned this morning, that deadline has come to serve as a defacto settlement deadline, thereby inspiring most players who are eligible for arbitration to strike deals with their clubs.

The deadline for the salary figures exchange — and thus the time by which most of these arbitration-avoiding deals were done — was noon eastern. Since then a ton of one-year deals have been struck. As they trickle in today, we’ll update them all here.

The big deals, of $3 million or more:

Mookie Betts, Red Sox: $27 million (we wrote about it here)
Kris Bryant, Cubs: $18.6 million (we wrote about it earlier)
Francisco Lindor, Indians: $17.55 million
Trevor Bauer, Reds: $17.5 million
James Paxton, Yankees: $12.5 million
Marcus Stroman, Mets: $12 million
Cody Bellinger, Dodgers: $11.5 million (record for largest first-time arb-eligible player)
Alex Colome, White Sox: $10.5325 million
Javier Baez, Cubs: $10 million
Noah Syndergaard, Mets: $9.7 million
Ken Giles, Blue Jays: $9.6 million
Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks: $9.43 million
Aaron Judge, Yankees: $8.5 million
Jonathan Villar, Marlins: $8.2 million
Corey Seager, Dodgers: $7.6 million
Trea Turner, Dodgers: $7.45 million
Jorge Soler, Royals: $7.3 million
Kyle Schwarber, Cubs: $7.1 million
Kirby Yates, Padres: $7.0625 million
Mike Foltynewicz, Braves: $6.425 million
Enrique Hernandez, Dodgers: $5.9 million
Anthony DeSclafani, Reds: $5.9 million
Nomar Mazara, White Sox: $5.56 million
Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks: $5.515 million
Gary Sanchez, Yankees: $5 million
Josh Bell, Pirates: $4.8 million
Willson Contreras, Cubs: $4.5 million
Carlos Rodon, White Sox: $4.45 million
Joey Gallo, Rangers: $4.4M million
Andrew Heaney, Angels: $4.3 million
Matt Shoemaker, Blue Jays: $4.2 million
Michael Lorenzen, Reds: $3.725 million
Danny Santana, Rangers: $3.6 million
Hunter Renfroe, Rays: $3.3 million
Tommy La Stella, Angels $3.25 million
Adam Duvall, Braves: $3.25 million
Mychal Givens, Orioles: $3.225 milion
Dansby Swanson, Braves $3.15 million
Matt Barnes, Red Sox: $3.1 million
Byron Buxton, Twins: $3.075 million
Andrew Chafin, Diamondbacks: $3.045 million
Mitch Haniger, Mariners $3.01 million
Austin Hedges, Padres: $3 million

The sub-$3 million deals, which I’m not gonna put in descending order because life is too short:

Adam Frazier, Pirates: $2.8 million
Tommy Kahnle, Yankees: $2.65 million
Trey Mancini, Orioles: Unknown
Delino DeShields Jr., Indians: $1.875 million
Buck Farmer, Tigers: $1.15 million
Oliver Drake, Rays: $1.025 million
Daniel Robertson, Rays: $1.025 million
Evan Marshall, White Sox: $1.1M million
Gio Urshela, Yankees: $2.475 million
Rafael Montero, Rangers: $785,000
Nick Wittgren, Indians $1.125 million
Mallex Smith, Mariners, $2.35 million
Chris Devenski, Astros $2 million
Hanser Alberto, Orioles: $1.65 million
Tyler Duffey, Twins: $1.2 million
Chad Pinder, Athletics $2.025 million
Tyler Naquin, Indians: $1.45 million
Heath Hembree, Red Sox: $1.6125 million
Tyler Glasnow, Rays: $2.05 million
Keynan Middleton, Angels: $800,000
Sam Tuivailala, Mariners: $800,000
Curt Casali, Reds: $1.4625 million
Ross Stripling, Dodgers: up-front signing bonus of $1.5 million + 600,000 for the 2020 season (weird)
John Gant, Cardinals $1.35 million
Carlos Estevez, Rockies: $1.08 million
Julio Urias, Dodgers: $1 million
Omar Narvaez, Brewers: $2.725 million
Roenis Elias, Nationals: $1.975 million
Joe Ross, Nationals: $1.5 million
Michael Feliz, Pirates: $1.1 million
Trevor Williams, Pirates: $2.825 million
Manuel Margot, Padres: $2.475 million
Johan Camargo, Braves: $1.7 million
Grant Dayton, Braves: $655,000
Luke Jackson, Braves: $1.825 million
Albert Almora, Braves: $1.575 million
Adam Morgan, Phillies: $1.575 million
Chad Kuhl, Pirates: $840,000
Luis Perdomo, Padres: $950,000
Matt Andriese, Dimamondbacks: $1.395 million
Jameson Taillon, Pirates: $2.25 million
Robert Gsellman, Mets: $1.225 million

Swanson, Olson go deep vs Scherzer, Braves take NL East lead

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ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson and Matt Olson homered off Max Scherzer, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a crucial 4-2 victory Saturday night over the New York Mets and a one-game lead in the NL East.

The defending World Series champions beat aces Jacob deGrom and Scherzer on consecutive nights to take their biggest lead of the season in the division. New York, which held a 10 1/2-game cushion on June 1, faces its biggest deficit of the year with four games remaining.

Atlanta will try for a three-game sweep Sunday night, with the winner earning the season-series tiebreaker between the teams. Even though both teams are headed to the postseason, that’s important because the NL East champion gets a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Swanson’s 24th homer, a go-ahead, two-run shot in the fifth inning, touched off a frenzy among the sold-out crowd at Truist Park, the ball sailing a few rows up into the seats in left-center to make it 3-2. Olson hit his 32nd homer in the sixth, a solo shot into Chop House seats in right to put Atlanta up 4-2.

Austin Riley led off the fourth with a double and scored on Olson’s single to make it 1-all.

Kyle Wright (21-5) gave up two runs and seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in five innings as he won his eighth straight decision. The Braves have won 16 of his last 17 starts.

New York went up 2-1 in the fifth when Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil hit consecutive two-out singles.

The Mets led 1-0 in the first when Brandon Nimmo singled, advanced on a walk and a single and scored on Eduardo Escobar‘s groundout. Wright, who threw 30 pitches in the first, stranded two runners in scoring position to prevent further damage.

Scherzer (11-5) allowed a first-inning single to Riley and a third-inning infield single to Ronald Acuna Jr., who advanced to third on a fielding error by Lindor at shortstop but was stranded when Michael Harris II lined out to center. Scherzer patted his glove and pumped his fist as he walked off the mound.

Scherzer was charged with nine hits and four runs with no walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings as the Mets were knocked out of first place for only the third day all season.

The Braves have won five of the last six against New York to tie the season series 9-all, outscoring the Mets 37-16 over that stretch.

Atlanta’s bullpen, which posted a 1.70 ERA in September, got a perfect inning from Dylan Lee in the sixth. Jesse Chavez faced four batters in the seventh, Raisel Iglesias faced the minimum in the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his NL-leading 39th save in 46 chances.

Since the Braves were a season low-tying four games under .500 at 23-27 after play on May 31, they have gone 76-32, tying the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the majors over that span. They were a season-worst 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Mets on June 1.

Wright, the only 20-game winner in baseball this season, hasn’t officially become the first Braves pitcher to lead the league in wins outright since Russ Ortiz had 21 in 2003, but the Dodgers’ Julio Urias has 17 and can’t reach 20 before the regular season ends.

Wright will become the first Braves pitcher since Hall of Famer Tom Glavine in 2000 to lead the majors in wins. Houston ace Justin Verlander also has 17.

Wright began the game 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in six career starts and one relief appearance against the Mets.

The Braves, who got homers from Riley, Olson and Swanson off deGrom on Friday, lead the NL with 240 homers.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: All-Star RF Starling Marte (right middle finger fracture) has yet to begin swinging or throwing. Manager Buck Showalter said Marte is experiencing less pain but not enough to take the next step in his recovery. Marte has been sidelined since Sept. 7.

Braves: RHP Spencer Strider still has not thrown as he gets treatment on a sore left oblique. Manager Brian Snitker said there is no timetable for the rookie’s return. Strider has been sidelined since Sept. 21.

NICE GLOVE

Harris ran back and jumped to catch Nimmo’s fly against the wall in center field for the first out of the third.

UP NEXT

Mets RHP Chris Bassitt (15-8, 3.27 ERA) will face RHP Charlie Morton (9-6, 4.29) as the teams conclude a three-game series.