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José Berríos loses his arbitration case

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Twins ace José Berríos has lost his arbitration case. He will make a $4.025 million salary in 2020. He had requested $4.4 million.

Dan Hayes of The Athletic says that Berríos was arguably reaching in his request for $4.4 million, with the implication that $4 million was, objectively speaking, the more reasonable figure. He says that Berríos did so consciously in an effort to bump up the salary comps for other players who might follow him in arbitration. If that was the aim, hey, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, and at least such a shot was for admirable reasons. As it is, even with the loss he’ll get a substantial raise over the $620,000 he made in 2019.

It was a 2019 season in which Berríos went 14-8 and posted 3.68 ERA and a 195/51 K/BB ratio over 32 starts and 200.1 innings.

Carl Crawford arrested on domestic violence charge

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Former major league outfielder Carl Crawford has been arrested in Texas on a domestic violence charge, TMZ reports. The charge was designated as “assault fam/house mem impede breath circulate,” suggesting that Crawford allegedly choked someone. Crawford surrendered to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. The alleged incident occurred in May.

Crawford was in the news last week as well when two people — a 25-year-old woman and a five-year-old boy — were found dead at his home in Houston. The boy reportedly had trouble breathing and the woman jumped in to help him.

Crawford, who owns a record label called 1501 Certified Entertainment, posted a message on Instagram about the incident:

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There will likely be more information brought to light about Crawford’s alleged domestic violence incident in the coming days. It is unclear if there are any common factors between the domestic violence incident and the pool incident.