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Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT


By noon we’d already done a dozen posts about players and teams avoiding arbitration ahead of today’s deadline, so something had to give.

We’ll keep posting the more noteworthy cases, but here’s a roundup of the not-so-noteworthy ones that will be updated throughout the day.

Gaby Sanchez and the Pirates: $1.75 million

Antonio Bastardo and the Phillies: $1.45 million

Gregor Blanco and the Giants: $1.35 million

Sam Fuld and the Rays: $725,000

Troy Patton and the Orioles: $815,000

Joe Smith and the Indians: $3.15 million

Tommy Hanson and the Angels: $3.725 million

John Axford and the Brewers: $5 million

John Baker and the Padres: $930,000

Jonny Venters and the Braves: $1.625 million

Boone Logan and the Yankees: $3.15 million

Brian Duensing and the Twins: $1.3 million

Luke Hochevar and the Royals: $4.56 million

Matt Joyce and the Rays: $2.45 million

Ryan Roberts and the Rays: $2.95 million

Bud Norris and the Astros: $3 million

Gordon Beckham and the White Sox: $2.925 million

Ryan Webb and the Marlins: $975,000

Doug Fister and the Tigers: $4 million

Austin Jackson and the Tigers: $3.5 million

Alex Avila and the Tigers: $2.95 million

Alejandro De Aza and the White Sox: $2.075 million

Rick Porcello and the Tigers: $5.1 millon

Kendrys Morales and the Mariners: $5.25 million

Chris Davis and the Orioles: $3.3 million

Brian Matusz and the Orioles: $1.6 million

Jason Heyward and the Braves: $3.65 million

Matt Albers and the Indians: $1.75 million

Kris Medlen and the Braves: $2.6 million

Marco Estrada and the Brewers: $1.955 million

Burke Badenhop and the Brewers: $1.55 million

Ian Kennedy and the Diamondbacks: $4.265 million

Brendan Ryan and the Mariners: $3.25 million

Tyler Colvin and the Rockies: $2.275 million

Ronald Belisario and the Dodgers: $1.45 million

A.J. Ellis and the Dodgers: $2 million

Phil Coke and the Tigers: $1.85 million

Brennan Boesch and the Tigers: $2.3 million

Justin Masterson and the Indians: $5.687 million

Ian Desmond and the Nationals: $3.8 million

James Russell and the Cubs: $1.075 million

Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs: $2.64 million

Alfredo Aceves and the Red Sox: $2.65 million

Jason Vargas and the Angels: $8.5 million

Edinson Volquez and the Padres: $5.725 million

Andrew Bailey and the Red Sox: $4.1 million

Daniel Bard and the Red Sox: $1.8625 million

Franklin Morales and the Red Sox: $1.4875 million

Andrew Miller and the Red Sox: $1.475 million

  1. tcostant - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Luke Hochevar agent is very good at his job. How does he get $4.56 million considering jus service tim and proformance?

    • jwbiii - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      MLB Trade Rumors’ Matt Swartz predicted Hochevar at $4.4M, so this is very much in line with previous similar players. Hochevar’s agent is Scott Boras.

  2. raysfan1 - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Glad to hear about the Rays’ players, happy to have them still in the fold.

    • icanspeel - Jan 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      They’d still be in the fold regardless, the question would just be would it be for more or less money. All these signings are just compromises

      • raysfan1 - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        I do realize that. Was just too lazy to type “…happy to have them in the fold at a bit of a savings for the team, which they hopefully will be able to use on one more decent hitter, and with little or no acrimony.”

  3. historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Wait. Jackson, Avila, Porcello and Fister are not-so noteworthy????? But, Hunter Pence is?You’re dead to me, Gleeman. Pptoo, pptoo. Dead.

    • paperlions - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      I don’t even know who any of those alleged players are….are you sure they play pro baseball?

      • historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        I mean this in the nicest possible way: bite me.

      • paperlions - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM


  4. natslady - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Please, if you can, set up a list (like the free-agent list) of arb-eligible players who have NOT signed, and then tick them off if/when they do. That would be helpful, thanks.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      and so we’ll know when it’s almost over?

    • jwbiii - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      For the Nationals, Roger Bernadina ($?), Ian Desmond ($3.8M), Ross Detwiler ($2.337M), Craig Stammen (2/$2.25M), and Drew Storen ($2.5M) have signed.

      Tyler Clippard ($4.6M predicted) and Jordan Zimmermann ($4.9M) have not.

      • natslady - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        Clip signed, so my day is made. JZ will sign for what he is worth, I hope, good pitcher, does not get enough notice outside of DC. C’mon, Jordan, SIGN!!!

    • jwbiii - Jan 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM

  5. joshtown81 - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    I would argue that Jason Heyward is note worthy.

  6. paperlions - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM


    • historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Boooo! stinker

  7. cackalackyank - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Just curious, after arbitration, is it BSOHL season?

  8. historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    More seriously: Porcello gets $5.1 mil but Fister gets $4 mil????

    • cur68 - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Well, there was that ugly “Dog Fister” incident last season. I’m sure that saw his price drop a bit.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        He should get extra after that beaner to the head.

      • cur68 - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        Takes a tough guy to walk this Earth sporting a “Doug Fister” handle. Man’s cranium must be cast iron.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Yeah, isn’t that worth a couple more millions?

    • dawgpoundmember - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      2012 salaries: Doug Fister – $507500 Rick Porcello – $3100000 Porcello gets a $2 million raise while Fister got almost $3.5 million after two different stints on the DL.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        I guess we’ll see this season who ends up being the better option.

      • joerymi - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Porcello’s ’12 playoffs: 1.1 IP
        Fister’s ’12 playoffs: 19.1 IP

        Two stints on the DL notwithstanding, Fister is one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball. Certainly a better pitcher than Porcello. 4 Millions is a bargain.

        It also shows what a difference pre-draft value can be.
        Porcello (23) career earnings: $8.6 M.
        Fister (28) career earnings: $1.3 M

        But the Tigers’ biggest bargain is Jackson. A 5 WAR centerfielder at about $4 Million, entering his prime. His number will shoot up.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        Agreed on Jackson. Great glove and lead off bat. A game opening HR in the first at-bat? More of that, please. He’s a steal.

  9. dawgpoundmember - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    My point was on getting a raise. Porcello gets his based on what he has already earned and what he deserves, but Fister got his on actually what he did. But Scherzer is the deal for the Tigers.

    Scherzer filed for $7.4 million and if you take away the first two months of last year, he is CY Young talk. Second in strikeouts only to the ACE of the staff Justin Verlander. Scherzer is the bargin whether he goes to arbitration or not.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      I felt like Fister broke out at the end (and was more of an asset than Porcello), but Scherzer is definitely the sh!t. Your right on that. I hope the shoulder issues weren’t from going too many innings. I really thought he was having a better year than V last season — more steady.

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