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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

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.