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Dozens of arbitration eligible players have agreed to deals with their respective teams today and we've been tracking all of the developments right here. Several teams, including the Rays, Nationals, Marlins, White Sox, Blue Jays, Braves, and perhaps Astros, are known for committing to going to hearings if they get to the point of filing. Keep track of all the madness with MLBTR's arbitration tracker, which shows settlement amounts, filing figures, and midpoints. Today's players to avoid arbitration on deals worth less than $4MM:
- The Cardinals avoided arbitration with pitcher Kyle McClellan, tweets B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest. Joe Strauss of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (on Twitter) that the one-year deal is worth $2.5MM with incentives based on starts. MLBTR projected a $2.7MM for the Steve Comte client.
- MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports (on Twitter) that the Padres and Chase Headley agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.475MM, avoiding arbitration. Earlier this evening, the Padres announced that they avoided arbitration with Luke Gregerson, Edinson Volquez, Carlos Quentin and Will Venable. They also avoided arbitration with lefty reliever Joe Thatcher on a deal worth $700K, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. CAA announced catcher John Baker has signed for $750K. Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune first reported that the Padres reached agreements with Hundley, Chase Headley, and Tim Stauffer. Hundley will earn $2MM in 2012, MLB.com's Corey Brock tweets. Dan Hayes of the North County Times tweets the salaries for Volquez ($2.2375MM), Venable ($1.475MM), Gregerson ($1.55MM)
- The Rangers avoided arbitration with Matt Harrison, tweets Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. The ACES client gets $2.95MM on a one-year deal. MLBTR had projected a $2.9MM salary.
- The Cubs announced that they have avoided arbitration with Jeff Baker ($1.375MM), Blake DeWitt ($1.1MM), Ian Stewart ($2.237MM) Chris Volstad ($2.655MM), and Randy Wells ($2.705MM). MLB.com's Carrie Muskat tweeted the salary figures.
The Reds announced that they also avoided arbitration with Homer Bailey and Paul Janish (Twitter link). Reds reliever Bill Bray announced that his agents at Octagon finished his deal.
The Giants avoided arbitration with Nate Schierholtz on a $1.3MM deal that includes $150K in incentives, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News tweets. The Giants avoided arbitration with reliever Santiago Casilla, agreeing to a $2.2MM deal with $200K in incentives, tweets Enrique Rojas. MLBTR had projected the ACES client for a $1.9MM salary.
The Pirates avoided arbitration with Evan Meek , agreeing to a one-year $875K deal that includes $25K in performance bonuses, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch tweets. The Pirates avoided arbitration with starter Jeff Karstens, tweets Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, on a deal worth $3.1MM. MLBTR projected the Moye Sports Associates client for $2.8MM.
The Brewers avoided arbitration with reliever Kameron Loe, reports MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Loe obtained $2.175MM, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweets.
The Nationals have avoided arbitration with reliever Tyler Clippard, according to their Twitter feed. The Nationals also announced they've avoided arbitration with pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Tom Gorzelanny. Both are represented by SFX. Zimmermann received $2.3MM, tweets Heyman, and Gorzelanny gets $2.7MM.
The Yankees announced pitchers Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson have avoided arbitration. Jon Heyman has Chamberlain around $1.675MM and Robertson at $1.6MM with $25K in incentives.
The Red Sox announced an agreement with infielder Mike Aviles. It's worth $1.2MM, tweets John Tomase of the Boston Herald.
The Athletics announced agreements with their final two arbitration eligible players: pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Joey Devine. McCarthy will make $4.275MM, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. She says Devine gets $737,500 plus incentives.
The Royals announced arbitration deals with pitchers Luke Hochevar, Felipe Paulino, and Jonathan Sanchez. Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star pegs Hochevar at $3.51MM, Paulino at $1.9MM, and Sanchez at $5.6MM with $200K in performance bonuses.
The Marlins avoided arbitration with reliever Edward Mujica, tweets Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The Mariners avoided arbitration with reliever Shawn Kelley, reports MLB.com's Greg Johns. The deal is worth $600K.
The Rays announced they've avoided arbitration with reliever Burke Badenhop on a deal worth $1.075MM. He gets $25K for 50 games pitched, MLBTR has learned. Badenhop is represented by ACES.
The Rockies avoided arbitration with outfielder Dexter Fowler for $2.35MM, MLBTR has learned.
The Tigers announced they've avoided arbitration with pitcher Max Scherzer and outfielder Delmon Young. Jon Heyman pegs the Scherzer deal at $3.75MM and Young at $6.75MM. The Tigers also avoided arbitration with utility man Don Kelly, agreeing to a $900K deal, tweets Heyman. Matt Swartz projected $800K for the LSW Baseball client.
The Astros avoided arbitration with starter J.A. Happ on a deal worth $2.35MM, tweets MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith.
The Phillies avoided arbitration with infielder Wilson Valdez, tweets MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. The team announced the value at $930K. Given their deal with Cole Hamels, only Hunter Pence remains.
The Indians avoided arbitration with reliever Joe Smith and third baseman Jack Hannahan, tweets MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. Smith gets $1.75MM and Hannahan gets $1.135MM.
The Mets avoided arbitration with outfielder Andres Torres on a deal worth $2.7MM, tweets Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork. Matt Swartz had projected $2.5MM for the ACES client. The Mets also avoided arbitration with reliever Ramon Ramirez, agreeing to a $2.65MM deal, tweets ESPN's Enrique Rojas. The ACES client was projected by MLBTR for a $2.3MM salary. The Mets finished up by announcing an agreement with Manny Acosta. Andy McCullough pegs that one at $875K.
The Blue Jays announced they've avoided arbitration with pitcher Carlos Villanueva on a $2.2775MM deal. Villanueva is represented by SFX.
The Royals avoided arbitration with outfielder Mitch Maier, tweets Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. The deal is worth $865K with a potential $10K bonus for 100 plate appearances, tweets Dutton's colleague Rustin Dodd. Maier is represented by Eric Sobocinski.
The Twins avoided arbitration with reliever Glen Perkins, agreeing to a $1.55MM deal, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Matt Swartz had projected $1.5MM for the SFX client.
The Rangers avoided arbitration with reliever Mark Lowe, agreeing to a $1.7MM deal, tweets Evan Grant of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. MLBTR's Matt Swartz had projected the Jeff Frye client at $1.6MM. The team also avoided arbitration with outfielder David Murphy, tweets Anthony Andro, on a deal worth $3.625MM.