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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

Reds sign Nicholas Castellanos to a four-year deal

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The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to a multi-year deal. That’s the report from C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jon Morosi of MLB.com was the first to report the Reds as frontrunners. The deal is pending a physical. UPDATE: The deal is four years. Financial terms have yet to be reported.

With Castellanos in the fold the Reds are going to have a lot of outfielders when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton already on the roster. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps taking over short from Freddy Galvis, who could be dealt. Alternatively, the Reds could trade from their newfound outfield surplus.

Castellanos, however, will have left field to himself. While he’s shaky at best with the glove, he had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power.

Now that he’ll be playing in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.