Blue Jays right-hander Ryan Tepera and Nationals righty Kyle Barraclough have lost their arbitration cases against their respective teams, Jeff Passan of ESPN reports (via Twitter). Tepera will be paid at the $1.525MM rate filed by the Blue Jays rather than the $1.8MM figure submitted by his camp. Barraclough, meanwhile, will earn $1.725MM rather than the $2MM at which he filed.
Tepera, 31, isn’t exactly a household name but has emerged as a quality setup piece for the Jays over the past four seasons. In 193 2/3 innings to this point in his career, he’s compiled a 3.49 ERA with 8.8 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and a 44.8 percent ground-ball rate. The righty stepped into a ninth-inning role for a bit in Toronto last year and tallied seven saves to go along with 19 holds. The loss in today’s case will set a lower launching point for Tepera in future cases, thus limiting his earning in each of his next two trips through arbitration before he reaches free agency after the 2021 campaign.
Barraclough, 28, hasn’t even suited up for the Nats yet, as he was acquired from the Marlins in a rare October trade. He’s posted gaudy strikeout numbers through the first four seasons of his career but also battled control issues, having ultimately logged a 3.21 ERA with 11.5 K/9 against 5.5 BB/9. Last season was Barraclough’s worst, as he turned in a career-high 4.20 ERA with a career-low 9.7 K/9. He did, to his credit, tally 10 saves in a partial run as Miami’s closer. As is the case with Tepera, he’s controlled through the 2021 season.
As can be seen in MLBTR’s 2019 Arbitration Tracker, today’s rulings have evened the score between teams and players at three victories apiece.