Friday was a busy day around Major League Baseball as many teams and players rushed to avoid the arbitration process. The Atlanta Braves agreed to non-guaranteed, one-year deals with six of their seven arbitration players. Reliever Shane Greene opted to exchange salary figures with the team and will go through the arbitration process. Atlanta is a “file and trial” team so its unlikely that a deal emerges before the hearings. The Braves and Greene are reportedly $500,000 apart in their offers.
Shane Greene submits 6.75m, ATL $6.25m— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 11, 2020
The Braves did come to agreements with the following players:
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and outfielder David Peralta reached an agreement on a three-year extension that will guarantee him $22 million. The deal also includes another $1.25 million in incentives. Peralta was entering his final year of arbitration and would have been a free agent at the end of next season. Now he will be locked up through his age-34 season.
A number of big name players avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year deals on Friday. Some of them include:
There were 20 players who did not settle and will go to arbitration hearings according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan including several big names.
Hector Neris— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 11, 2020
Coming into the offseason there was talks that the Phillies would look to lock up catcher J.T. Realmuto to a longterm deal. Not only has that not happened, Realmuto is among the group of players who will have his 2020 salary determined through arbitration.
Catcher J.T. Realmuto and the Philadelphia Phillies are headed to arbitration over a $2.4 million gap, sources tell ESPN. Realmuto filed at $12.4 million while the Phillies filed at $10 million.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 11, 2020
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ESPN’s Buster Olney lists the Top 10 center fielders for 2020. There is no question who is No. 1 on the list with Houston’s George Springer and Arizona’s Ketel Marte checking in at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have an agreement with free agent catcher John Ryan Murphy on a minor league deal. Murphy began the 2019 season with the Diamondbacks and had a brief stint with the Braves that included a single at-bat in the big leagues. Atlanta non-tendered him earlier this offseason.