Players To Avoid Arbitration: Tuesday

Noon ET today was the deadline for both the team and player to submit their salary figures for arbitration, however the two sides can come to an agreement at any point before the actual hearing. The hearings are scheduled for the first week of February.

We'll keep track of the players who avoid arbitration today by agreeing to deals here. Make sure you check back in for updates, and be sure to click the "Continue Reading" link to see today's full list of settlements.  Yesterday's list can be found here.

  • Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels avoided arbitration with Mike Napoli and Reggie Willits by signing the duo to one-year deals.  Napoli will earn $3.6MM in 2010 with a $100K bonus if he makes 120 starts.  Willits' contract is worth $625K. 
  • Zach Duke's one-year contract with Pittsburgh is worth $4.3MM with no performance bonuses, tweets Dejan Kovacevic of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • The Padres and reliever Mike Adams have agreed to a contract, reports MLB.com's Corey Brock (via Twitter).  Brock's follow-up tweet says Adams' deal is worth $1MM, virtually splitting the difference between San Diego's $875K offer and Adams' $1.2MM demands.
  • Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune tweets that the Twins have agreements in place with all eight of their arbitration eligible players.  In a follow-up tweet, Christensen reports that Francisco Liriano agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.6MM and Jesse Crain agreed to a one-year contract worth $2MM.
  • Marc Carig of the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that the Mets avoided arbitration with reliever Sean Green (via Twitter).  The one-year deal was worth $975K, according to the New York Daily News' Anthony McCarron.
  • The Tigers avoided arb with Gerald Laird and Zach Miner as well according to James Jahnke of The Detroit Free Press.  MLB.com's Jason Beck tweets the details on the one-year contracts: Laird will earn $3.95MM, Miner will earn $950K.
  • Christensen tweets that the Twins avoided arb with Brendan Harris, signing him to a two year deal worth $3.2MM with another $650K in possible incentives.
  • The Tigers and Bobby Seay avoided arbitration according to MLB.com's Jason Beck (via Twitter), agreeing to a one year deal worth $2.475MM.
  • Thesier tweets that Matt Guerrier agreed to a one year deal worth $3.15MM with the Twins, avoiding arb.
  • Amalie Benjamin of The Boston Globe tweets that the Red Sox have avoided arbitration with Ramon Ramirez and Manny Delcarmen, with Delcarmen getting $905K plus incentives according to Joe McDonald of The Providence Journal. Boston avoided arb with Jonathan Papelbon as well.

  • Pat Neshek agreed to a one year deal with $625K with another $75K in incentives, avoiding arbitration with the Twins according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier (via Twitter).
  • The Nationals have agreed to terms with Jason Bergmann, Jesus Flores, Wil Nieves, and Josh Willingham according to a team press release. All four players avoided arbitration.  MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez tweets that Willingham will make $4.6MM next season, while Bergmann will make $750K according to a tweet from MLB.com's Bill Ladson.
  • MLB.com's Mark Bowman tweets that the Braves and Peter Moylan have agreed to a deal, avoiding arbitration. He gets $1.15MM.
  • Matt Garza avoided arbitration with the Rays, tweets Topkin. The two sides agreed to a one year deal worth $3.35MM, 
  • MLB.com's Jim Street tweets that the Mariners and David Aardsma have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one year deal worth $2.75MM.
  • The Astros avoided arbitration with Michael Bourn, Matt Lindstrom, and Humberto Quintero according to a tweet from MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. Bourn gets $2.4MM, Lindstrom $1.625MM, and Quintero $750K (via McTaggart's Twitter).
  • Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports that the Rockies and Jason Hammel have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one year deal worth $1.9MM.
  • The A's agreed to a one year deal with Kevin Kouzmanoff, reports The Oakland Tribune. Oakland acquired Kouzmanoff from the Padres over the weekend.
  • Jered Weaver agreed to a one year deal worth $4.265MM with the Angels to avoid arbitration, according to a tweet from Jon Heyman.
  • Topkin tweets that J.P. Howell agreed to a one year deal worth $1.8MM, avoiding arbitration with the Rays.
  • According to the team's official Twitter feed, the Blue Jays avoided arbitration with Jason Frasor ($2.65MM) and Brian Tallet ($2MM) by agreeing to one year deals.
  • Delmon Young avoided arbitration with the Twins by agreeing to a one year deal worth $2.6MM, according to a tweet by Joe Christensen of The Star Tribune. Kelly Thesier of MLB.com tweets that Young will get $25K each for 575 and 600 plate appearances.
  • According to a team press release, the Royals have avoided arbitration with Alex Gordon and Robinson Tejeda. Terms of either deal was not disclosed.
  • Heyman tweets that Stephen Drew and the Diamondbacks agreed to a one year deal worth $3.4MM, avoiding arbitration.
  • The White Sox and John Danks avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one year deal worth $3.45M, according to ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine.
  • Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets that the Mets and Pedro Feliciano have agreed to a one year deal worth $2.9MM, avoiding arbitration. There's another $100K in performance bonuses.
  • The Star Telegram's Anthony Andro reports that the Rangers and Chris Ray have avoided arbitration. MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan says it's a one year deal worth $975K.
  • Russell Martin has agreed to a one year contract worth $5.05MM, avoiding arbitration with the Dodgers according to Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times (via Twitter)
  • MLB.com's Jordan Bastian tweets that the Blue Jays and reliever Jeremy Accardo have agreed to a one year deal worth $1.08MM, avoiding arbitration.
  • Rafael Perez agreed to a one year deal with the Indians to avoid arbitration according to a team press release. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince tweets that Perez will make $795K in 2010.
  • The Orioles and Luke Scott avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one year deal worth $4.05MM according to Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. He earned $2.4MM last season, hitting .258/.340/.488 with a career high 25 homers.
  • MLB.com's Carrie Muskat tweets that the Cubs have avoided arbitration with Jeff Baker ($975K). Mike Fontenot ($1MM,) Koyie Hill ($700K), Angel Guzman ($825K), and Tom Gorzelanny ($800K). Terms of the deals came from Gordon Wittenmyer of The Chicago Sun Times (via Twitter).
  • Dejan Kovacevic of The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the Pirates and Zach Duke have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one year deal.
  • Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Radio reports that Mark Lowe and the Mariners have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $1.15MM salary for next season.
  • LaVelle E. Neal III of The Star Tribune tweets that the Twins and J.J. Hardy have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one year deal worth $5MM. He gets a small raise over last year's $4.65MM salary after hitting .229/.302/.357.
  • According to the Cardinals' official Twitter feed, the team has avoided arbitration with Ryan Ludwick by agreeing to a one year deal. Heyman tweets that he'll receive $5.45MM next year after earning $3.7MM in 2009.
  • The Rangers avoided arbitration with Josh Hamilton, giving him $3.25MM plus awards-based bonuses according to a tweet from SI.com's Jon Heyman. It was his first time eligible. Hamilton hit .268/.315/.426 in 2009, missing time with back trouble and a sports hernia.
  • Mark Topkin of The St. Petersburg Times tweets that the Rays and Jason Bartlett have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $4MM salary for 2010. He earned just under $2MM in 2009, hitting .320/.389/.490 with a career high 14 homers. 
  • Casey Janssen agreed to a $700K deal for 2010 to avoid arbitration, according to the Blue Jays official Twitter feed. It was his first time up for arbitration.
  • Juan C. Rodriguez of The Sun Sentinel reports (via Twitter) that the Marlins and Jorge Cantu have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one year deal worth $6MM. Cantu hit .289/.345/.443 while making $3.5MM in 2009, his first year of arb eligibility.
  • MLB.com's Adam McCalvy tweets that both Carlos Gomez and Rickie Weeks have agreed to one year deals to avoid arbitration. Tom Haudricourt of The Journal Sentinel tweets that Weeks will earn $2.75MM next year, while Gomez will earn $1.1MM as a Super Two.
  • Heyman tweets that the Dodgers have avoided arbitration with both George Sherrill and James Loney. Sherrill gets $4.5MM plus incentives in his third year eligible, Loney $3.1MM in his first go around.
  • According to the Blue Jays official Twitter feed, reliever Shawn Camp has agreed to a $1.15MM deal for 2010, avoiding arb. He was eligible for the second time after posting a 3.50 ERA in 79.2 innings last season.
  • Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald reports (via Twitter) that Leo Nunez and the Marlins have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $2MM salary for 2010. Sticking with the theme of the day, it was his first time eligible for salary arbitration.
  • MLB.com's Ken Gurnick tweets that the Dodgers and Hong Chih-Kuo have agreed to a one-year deal worth $950K, avoiding arb. It was Kuo's first time eligible.
  • Jon Heyman of SI.com tweets that the Mets and Jeff Francoeur have avoided arb by agreeing to a $5MM deal. Francoeur earned $3.375MM in 2009 and hit .280/.309/.423 for the Mets and Braves.
  • Heyman tweets that Howie Kendrick and the Angels have agreed to a $1.75MM deal with incentives. This was Kendrick's first crack at arbitration. 
  • Heyman tweets that the A's and Rajai Davis agreed to a $1.35MM salary for 2010, plus incentives. This was Davis' first year eligible for arbitration.
  • Heyman tweets that Jonathan Sanchez avoided arb with the Giants by agreeing to a $2.1MM deal, plus incentives. He posted a 4.24 ERA in 163.1 innings last year, and was up for arbitration for the first time in his career.


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104 Comments on "Players To Avoid Arbitration: Tuesday"


Ricky
5 years 7 months ago

I understand Mets are waiting out the market, but Spring Training is less than 1 month away and we have numerous holes – Catcher, Starting pitcher (maybe 2), lefty Reliever, 1st baseman, solid 4th OF, and of course upgrading 2B by getting rid of Castillo. The time for action is upon us.

alxn
5 years 7 months ago

The time for action was a couple months ago.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Angel Pagan could be one of the best 4th outfielders in Baseball…but I guess you are suggesting that Pagan is the starting center fielder now that Beltran is injured.

bigb69
5 years 7 months ago

Are you kidding me? Frenchy got 5 mil?!? Wow, how did that happen? Are the mets brass that blind? Ricky is right, the mets still need a lot to make a competitive team and signing fyf for that much is NOT a good start!

5 years 7 months ago

No kidding. As a braves fan I am happy for him but glad it is in that uniform. That puts a lot of perspective on the market value for Johnny Damon. If Frenchy is worth 5MM then Damon won’t get less than 8-9MM. Then again, I have to look at who is making the deal, which is Omar. Thanks again Omar and I hope you never get fired.

5 years 7 months ago

$5 million for Frenchy seems a bit high IMO.

As for the Mets fan who sees many holes, you must know that simply because a hole exists, does not mean each one will be filled in one offseason. Investing over 50 mil to keep Ollie on the team last year will have lasting effects. Supposedly they are in discussions for Molina as we speak, have Delgado on their radar, will definitely scoop up a low end SP and perhaps better. Asking for an upgrade for Castillo is a bit much. He’s a contract that no other team wants to add, yet is fairly productive–offensively at least (.300+ BA, .387 OBP, 20 steals last year). The Mets will doubtlessly have the highest payroll in the NL again, and asking for an upgrade over Castillo because he’s not a power hitting 2B is being greedy. If a Yankee fan made a similar comment, most Mets fans would go crazy… just gotta stay consistent.

Super_Hero
5 years 7 months ago

where did you get 50 mil for Ollie? its 36mil for three yrs. That 14mil difference can sign a pretty good player.

5 years 7 months ago

True… I confused the Ollie deal with the DLowe deal. My bad.

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

Sweet deal for the Mets. Who knew that you could have a corner outfielder with a sub 750 OPS for only $5m in today’s market?

How this guy wasn’t non-tendered is beyond me. On the open market he gets maybe $3m.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

They gave it to him is because he did good 4 the Mets and they like him at least yall didnt have Church on ur team he sucked 4 us so be happy with what yall got…

daveineg
5 years 7 months ago

Francouer gets a 48% raise? In this market? Ridiculous.

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

$5MM for Francoeur?!

Maybe this will quiet some of the people who think he was such a steal from the Braves. I’d rather have Church at $1.5MM… Wow.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

You must be smokein somethin good if u rather have church than Francoeur even at 1.5MM!!!!

R_y_a_n
5 years 7 months ago

Not letting me reply to Braves25 – but to him – MorenauVP’s statement is pretty dead on, and I’d bet every GM except for maybe Hendry and Moore (and Minaya of course) would take Church at 1.5 mil over Francouer at 5 mil (!).

So, if he is smoking, then you must be snorting crack.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

Must be but you act like noone can have a bad year or two at that.. im willin to bet that Francoure has a good yeah this year… And the braves hitting coach kept tryin to get frenchy to cgange his battin stance and he did but he did horrible after that… If you noticed he chaged his battin stance and did good with the Mets… I mean yeah 5MM for frenchy is bad but havin church is alot worse!!!

R_y_a_n
5 years 7 months ago

More like he can’t have a good season unless he’s aided by ridiculous BABIPs.

And I’ll gladly make the bet with you that Francoeur doesn’t post an OPS over .750. Along with below average defense, this is a terrible deal.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

Idk about the OPS but hes defense is really good im willin to bet that Francoeur Hits .280 25HR 85RBI this year…

Muggi
5 years 7 months ago

No, his ARM is really good. His defense has declined every year he’s been in the bigs.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

Idk about the OPS but hes defense is really good im willin to bet that Francoeur Hits .280 25HR 85RBI this year…

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

Must be but you act like noone can have a bad year or two at that.. im willin to bet that Francoure has a good yeah this year… And the braves hitting coach kept tryin to get frenchy to cgange his battin stance and he did but he did horrible after that… If you noticed he chaged his battin stance and did good with the Mets… I mean yeah 5MM for frenchy is bad but havin church is alot worse!!!

HansonAce
5 years 7 months ago

The Mets to pay 5M for FYF ….Haha what a deal for Frenchy but the mets have way too many holes on this roster to waste money on guy that can’t put up replacement value in RF….

csg
5 years 7 months ago

well its a good thing that Frenchy has a strong arm because apparently its worth $5mil, he doesnt offer anything else. .309OBP and .423SLG gets you $5mil – unreal. Good job Omar, now go over pay for Piniero and call it an offseason

scottbravesfan19
5 years 7 months ago

All the sudden Ryan Church’s few months in Atlanta look a lot better :) What are the Mets doing? Isn’t Francoeur’s salary what Abreu made last year?

5 years 7 months ago

Maybe Omar knows something about the economy that the rest of us don’t. Looks like the recession is over!! Rejoice everyone!!!!

5 years 7 months ago

5 mil for Francoeur???? What an overpay! The Mets must be desperate to give Frenchy that kind of $$$$.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 7 months ago

And there are still Mets fans out there that wonder why we ridicule the team.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Alright James Loney I can only defend you for so long.. time to produce.

5 years 7 months ago

According to the Chicago Sun-Times twitter: Fontenot (1M), Baker (975K), Guzman (825K), Gorzelanny (800K), Hill (700K).

5 years 7 months ago

Ryan Ludwick for less than half a mil more than Jeff Franceour. Too funny.

Jason_F
5 years 7 months ago

I’m hoping Lincecum doesn’t go to a hearing. They really need to hammer something out and avoid that altogether.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Maybe 2 years for 30 Million.

riotmute
5 years 7 months ago

I think the Cards did a good job with Ludwick – if healthy, he’s a lock for a 280/25/90 season while playing great defense. Now if they can lock down Schumaker for 2-2.25 mil, I think they go into spring training set up very nicely

cardinalsincontentionagain
5 years 7 months ago

Based on roster alone – I see the Cards as winners of the division. For the next few years to say the least. I like the Luddy deal, he stays relatively cheap and we may still get some prospects out of him.

optionn
5 years 7 months ago

Russell Martin for over 5 million a year? Didn’t he hit 3 home runs in 160 games?

Thats crazy to pay that much when you can get a comparable free agent catcher for 2 million. Why teams don’t do more non-tendering is beyond me- Francouer 5 million? What a joke.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Non tender Russell Martin.. and pick up who, Bengie Molina? Who will cost more… sounds like a good plan.

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

Considering he made close to 4MM in ’09, it’s no surprise he received a 25-30% raise. Who knows how much more he would’ve made in the arbitration process.

But still, Russell Martin was a shell of his all-star form. So 5MM is overpaying.

csg
5 years 7 months ago

how does Russell Martin get $5.05m? Two straight years slg% under .400 and his ops has dropped from .843 to .680 in two seasons. .329slg% and a .680 ops in 2009 – no wonder Francouer got $5 mil also

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

You know im sick and tired of hearin about how much Francoeur is gettin payed this year im willin to bet that Francoeur does a great job this year…

5 years 7 months ago

He plays for your team now, of course youre willing to bet that

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

And here I thought he was traded to the Mets last season.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

For real lol

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

For real lol

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

Dude did you see Braves25… Im a BRAVES fan not a Mets fan…

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

My team? He isn’t on the Braves any more fool.He’s on the Mets !Read my name again if you can….

csg
5 years 7 months ago

well when you see Jeff Francoeur and a $5mil figure next to it dont come read the comments. Of course people will talk about a non productive player that makes $5mil. I wouldnt be surprised to see him traded or released during this season. Fan Graphs showed his value at 200,000 last season. When your best full season is posting a .783OPS as a corner OF, please define a great job? He has done a decent job in a season or two, but he’s never been great

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah he aint great but hes doing alot better than the guys the Mets over pay that on the DL and he did good 4 the mets i mean u dont think he will have a better year?

csg
5 years 7 months ago

better year than when? I think his projections are .271/.311/.420 or something close to that. I think the Mets should be happy with that out of him. Ill guess he’ll put up something similar to .250/.300/.390, but his dimishing range in the OF should be a concern also

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

I thank he will hit .280 25 home runs 85 RBI… i mean he is playin with the mets its not hard to hit there…

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

Citi Field is a a pitchers’ park. Yes, it is hard to hit there.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

Not Really the mets pitchers didnt do to good there!!!

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

Not Really the mets pitchers didnt do to good there!!!

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

Citi Field is a a pitchers’ park. Yes, it is hard to hit there.

csg
5 years 7 months ago

I can use just about any stat our there and any source to show you that he wont hit 25 HR’s in that park. Hell look what happened to Wright’s power numbers last season. I hope you were being sarcastic in your expectations here, cant ever tell on the internet

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

You know what your wright i forgot how wrights numbers went down this year… I was thinkin about shea lol.. sorry man ur right im wrong…

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

I thank he will hit .280 25 home runs 85 RBI… i mean he is playin with the mets its not hard to hit there…

csg
5 years 7 months ago

better year than when? I think his projections are .271/.311/.420 or something close to that. I think the Mets should be happy with that out of him. Ill guess he’ll put up something similar to .250/.300/.390, but his dimishing range in the OF should be a concern also

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah he aint great but hes doing alot better than the guys the Mets over pay that on the DL and he did good 4 the mets i mean u dont think he will have a better year?

zakk689
5 years 7 months ago

Good news for the Cubs if I say so myself lol..4.3m for those 5 players

5 years 7 months ago

We had to do that. We have $85 mil wrapped up in Z, Sori, ARam, Lee and Fuku this year. Hopefully Baker and Fontenot can get a good platoon system working. I am psyched about what Guzman is gonna do this year.

cardinalsincontentionagain
5 years 7 months ago

Really all there is to be psyched up as a Cub fan………..