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There’s no dearth of money in Major League Baseball.

The 30 clubs settled mostly one-year contracts with 99 arbitration eligible players for nearly half a billion dollars by Friday’s deadline for exchanging figures.

The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and New York Mets led the way in Friday’s spending of $498.5 million, all three teams booking deals in excess of $40 million each.

The above figures were assembled personally by hand via ESPN’s 2020 arbitration tracker.

None of the above clubs made the playoffs last season even though the three teams were among the top spenders in MLB, the Red Sox soaring far over the luxury tax threshold at a baseball tops $242.8 million. Three teams, including the Cubs and New York Yankees, exceeded the threshold of $206 million.

The Red Sox, who spent $46.21 million Friday, signed five players, including outfielder Mookie Betts to a record for an arbitration-eligible player deal of $27 million. Another outfielder, Jackie Bradley Jr., signed for $11 million.

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The Mets spent $44.38 on seven players, including $9.7 million alone for pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

The Cubs also signed six players for $42.65 million, including third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant at $18.6 million.

In other contract news from around the league, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed National League MVP Cody Bellinger for $11.5 million, a record for a first-year arbitration eligible player. Bellinger earned $605,000 last season.

The New York Yankees gave big raises to young stars Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez in their first years of arbitration. The slugging right-fielder went from $669,800 last season to $8.5 million, the catcher from $617,600 to $5 million.

Larry Eschen The Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds gave big raises respectively to second baseman Francisco Lindor and pitcher Trevor Bauer, both players signing for $17.5 million each. The Indians traded Bauer to the Reds at last season’s July 31 trade deadline, while Lindor has been a focal point of constant trade rumors all this offseason.

The arbitration system allows most players who have three to five seasons of service time to exchange financial figures with their own teams. If they don’t settle beforehand the two sides go to a hearing where an independent arbitrator awards one or the other financial figure to said player.

At six years of service time, players can become free agents and sell their services to any Major League club.

Betts, for example, was a third-year arbitration eligible player who will become a free agent after the 2020 World Series, thus the reason for the record settlement. Betts, represented by super-agent Scott Boras, has resisted negotiating a long-term deal with Boston and said he will test the free agent market.

Betts has history on his side. In the past two signing seasons, Bryce Harper signed a 13-year free-agent deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for $330 million, Manny Machado signed with the San Diego Padres for 10-years at $300 million with a five-year opt out, and most recently, Anthony Rendon signed with the Los Angeles Angels for seven years at $245 million.

The Angels last year also kept American League MVP Mike Trout for 12 years at $426.5 million, and the Colorado Rockies re-upped Nolan Arenado for eight years, $260 million with an opt out after five years.Larry Eschen

MLB is so awash in money that the top two pitchers on the current market signed early, Gerrit Cole going to the Yankees for nine years at $324 million and Stephen Strasburg returning to the Washington Nationals for seven years, $245 million when he opted out of his deal after his club defeated the Houston Astros in a seven-game World Series.

Friday’s contract action was just another example of it.

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Four weeks ago, major league teams declined to tender 2020 contracts to 53 players, including 40 who were arbitration eligible. This was on top of 83 players previously sent outright from the start of the offseason, meaning they went unclaimed through waivers. In total, that’s 136 players who were theoretically available to all teams to reserve if they desired.

While the number of non-tenders was higher than the past couple years (though not unprecedented either), this is largely nothing unusual. While roster churn has picked up in intensity over the last decade, the same types of offseason transaction cycles happened in the 2000s, 1990s, and even most of the 1980s.

In one respect it was quite striking to me. I’ve spent a fair bit of time the last couple months digging through the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail coverage of the Blue Jays from the late-70s birth of the franchise. And a recurring theme was just how hard it was for the front office to find players worth acquiring. By definition, those 136 players referenced above either project as marginal, or whose salaries are beyond their production. Nonetheless, there’s numerous established quality MLB players, and plenty of interesting young players worthy of opportunity, some of whom will go on to quality big league careers.

This was simply not the case back in 1976. Consider that when the Jays joined the American League, it was after a wave of expansion that has increased the Major Leagues by 50% from 16 to 24 teams from 1960 to 1969. Those teams certainly had it pretty bad, especially the four who joined at once in 1969, but at least then the echo of the Baby Boom was resulting in a surge of prime-baseball-aged population entering into the system. That takes time to work through, and then along comes another expansionary wave diluting things.

That meant there was a shortage of talent to go around. Salary arbitration had started just three years before, and while teams were not at all happy pleased with it pushing up salaries, it was a good decade or so before non-tendering became a thing. It was the dawn of free agency, but a much limited version and the expansion teams were frozen out the first year since the free agent draft was the day before the expansion draft. In any event, the Jays weren’t going to be players, and only signed one drafted free agent before 1984 (Luis Gomez, a light hitting shortstop).

Waivers? In September 1977, the Jays claimed 24-year old John Hale from the Dodgers, who had promising AAA numbers but hadn’t translated to the majors (.214/.314/.317 in 478 PA). He promptly refused to report unless the Jays would give him a guaranteed 1978 contract, and you can imagine how well that went down. Two weeks later he was sent on to Seattle for the $20,000 the waiver claim that cost them. The next Spring, the Jays claimed Larry Demery from Pittsburgh, who had thrown 260 innings with a 3.06 ERA in 1975-76. After they got a closer look at his ailing shoulder, they decided they preferred their $20,000 and the claim was reversed four days later. Small wonder they didn’t use waivers for a long time.

In fact, about the only way the Jays did add real talent was when they leveraged their financial resources. They got Ron Fairly from Oakland when Charlie Finley wanted to dump his salary. They sent $200,000 to Texas to acquire Roy Howell, who had signed a three-year to end a holdout but was stuck behind other starters. Well into Spring Training 1978, Rico Carty was surplus to Cleveland and the Jays took on his hefty $135,000 (the entire 1977 payroll was $858,000). Right before the season began, the Royals deemed John Mayberry expendable with and the Jays took on the remaining three years of his contract at a reported $200,000 per year.

But those were the exceptions, and otherwise the Jays were limited to castoffs to try and fill out their roster. Within the first two years, the Jays never had more than 38 players on their 40-man, and more typically 35 or fewer. It was so dire that Pat Gillick purported to have not done trades that he otherwise would have (ie, established MLB players for younger prospects) because they didn’t have anyone who could slot for the departed regular. To illustrate this point, I’ve put a story that I like at the end.

With that in mind, I got to thinking whether a team of non-tendered 2019 players would compare to the actual 1977 expansion Blue Jays. The latter, it may be recalled, won just 54 games though was better on paper with a runs scored/allowed that would suggest 58. Here’s the starting line-up I put together:

The salaries are the MLBTR estimated arb salaries, the WAR is a rough estimate of what I’d project in 2020 and actual 1978 levels. On balance, I think I’d prefer the non-tender group of position players. There’s some holes, but I think my projection of 10 WAR is reasonable, with some upside if a couple players bounce back. The $54-million price tag is hefty, but some could probably be had cheaper.

The thing about the 1977 position players is that despite totalled just 2 fWAR, they surprisingly didn’t lack for solid performers. There were five players who were essentially average regulars or better, and another three who were not below average but not black holes. They totaled about 10 fWAR, the problem is of the 21 players on the roster, only nine had positive fWAR. The other 12 cumulatively had 2,000 plate appearances, and some were just awful, in particular the middle infielders. This is where the lack of depth killed the Jays, and the rest of the non-tenders/outright guys would be better.

The pitching side is a different story:

While I can put together a decent bullpen, I really struggled to just out the staff with players who have started. Kevin Gausman would be decent, and after that…I’d be happy to get 500 innings. I could see getting 4-5 WAR out of those guys, but I’d be wary of giving it all back with the lack of depth and whomever pitched the other 300 innings.

Keeping in mind that the 1977 Jays started the year with nine pitchers, had 10 most of the year and used 15 in total so it was a completely different staff, pitching was the strength of the 1977 team, with 10 WAR. The core of that was the trio of Jerry Garvin, Jesse Jefferson and Dave Lemanczyk turning in 650 innings close to league average at preventing runs, about 7.5-8 WAR. They got nothing beyond that, and Pete Vuckovich was the only contributor out of the bullpen, but that’s still well ahead of the non-tenders.

Of course, all four were acquired in the expansion draft, though other than Garvin at 4th overall none were taken early (19th, 43rd and 47th picks). And to some extent, the three starters all being good was fluky, as each only had one other good season afterwards (which is why despite the emergence of Dave Stieb and Jim Clancy it wasn’t until 1982 that the pitching staff outperformed the 1977 group). It certainly wouldn’t be hard today to supplement the non-tenders with some cheap free agent veterans to stabilize the starting rotation, in depth if not quality. But that’s beyond the scope of this exercise.

Anthony Santander Jersey

Draft Anthony Santander as a fantasy bench player who could make an occasional spot start in next season. His 409.44 projected fantasy points puts him at #47 behind Gregory Polanco and ahead of Thomas Pham. He has averaged 2.87 fantasy points in his past 93 games. Our projected per game average is virtually the same. He is projected to average 2.72 fantasy points. His rank based on avg proj (#102) is worse than his rank based on total fantasy points. He is underrated if you compare his ownership based rank with his projection rank. At 46%, he is the #64 most highly owned outfielder. Anthony Santander is expected to improve on last season’s #64 fantasy position rank.

#45 Brandon Nimmo (25% OWN) 416 FP, 2.85 per game 160 FP, 68 gp, 2.35 per game (#84)
#46 Gregory Polanco (24% OWN) 415 FP, 2.84 per game 94 FP, 41 gp, 2.28 per game (#90)
#47 Anthony Santander (46% OWN) 409 FP, 2.72 per game 267 FP, 93 gp, 2.87 per game (#41)
#48 Thomas Pham (98% OWN) 408 FP, 2.71 per game 432 FP, 145 gp, 2.98 per game (#32)
#49 Ryan Braun (74% OWN) 406 FP, 2.95 per game 368 FP, 143 gp, 2.57 per game (#63)
These projections power SportsLine’s Computer Picks and Fantasy Data. But for contest winning DFS optimal lineups by top experts like Mike McClure visit SportsLine’s new Daily Fantasy Hub.

Anthony Santander is projected for 7.36 fantasy points in 3 games the rest of the week in week 1 which only ranks him as the #72 projected outfielder and not a fantasy relevant player. This is projected to be a better than average week with more fantasy points per game than he is projected to average per game the rest of the season. He is ranked above Michael Conforto but behind Bryan Reynolds the rest of the week. Week 2 will be better based on projected rank (#65). He is projected for 14.33 fantasy points.

#70 Adam Eaton 7.5 FP 2.78 FP
#71 Bryan Reynolds 7.4 FP 2.92 FP
#72 Anthony Santander 7.4 FP 2.72 FP
#73 Michael Conforto 7.3 FP 3.09 FP
#74 Franmil Reyes 7.2 FP 2.95 FP
#63 Kole Calhoun 14.5 FP 2.68 FP
#64 Randal Grichuk 14.4 FP 2.76 FP
#65 Anthony Santander 14.3 FP 2.72 FP
#66 Christin Stewart 14.3 FP 2.5 FP
#67 Ramon Laureano 14.1 FP 3.04 FP
The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks. Below the projection are actual stats from last season.

2020 Projection 409 30 83 71 37 3.9
— Per Game (151 Proj) 2.7 0.20 0.55 0.47 0.24 0.03
3/26 to 3/29 (2.8 Games) 7.4 0.56 1.5 1.3 0.67 0.07
3/30 to 4/5 (5.6 Games) 14.3 0.98 3.0 2.5 1.4 0.13
2019 Season 267 20 59 46 19 1
— Per Game (93 GP) 2.9 0.22 0.63 0.49 0.20 0.01

Bill Kelly Jersey

The first rule of the state court system’s Judicial Campaign Ethics Handbook is clear: Judicial candidates cannot engage in direct and indirect partisan political activity.

Albany City Court candidate LaVonda Collins recently tested the letter of those instructions on her Facebook page with thinly veiled criticism of Bill Kelly, the city of Albany’s corporation counsel and who, after Tuesday’s victory, is a City Court judge-elect.

“What is the justification provided for using the weight of the City to support a candidate that does not fit the criteria set out by this city for diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity when without the weight of the city the Judicial candidates for Albany City Court Judge were already on a level ground?” Collins wrote in an Oct. 29 Facebook post.

On Oct. 30, Mark Mishler, a defense lawyer supporting Collins’ candidacy, criticized Kelly in a racially charged post — one Collins has allowed to remain on her Facebook page up until the present.

Mishler praised Collins as a “woman of color” and for her experience. “In contrast, her opponent, Bill Kelly, represents the old Albany way of doing things,” Mishler added.

Mishler noted Kelly is the “head lawyer for the city”– and did not stop there.

“Have you noticed that the City of Albany has a deep and long-standing problem of racism and brutality in the Police Department AND a complete lack of accountability?” Mishler stated. “In my opinion, a City’s leadership could choose to help to hold the police accountable or could choose not to. Unfortunately, in Albany the leadership has consistently refused to insist on real accountability for the police. I can’t vote for someone who has failed our city in this manner.”

When asked via email to comment on the remarks in her Facebook post, Collins responded to Law Beat – then posted our questions and her responses on her Facebook page.

Collins told Law Beat we had “taken the words out of context and inserted names where they do not belong.” She said her post was about voter suppression.

Collins, a former Albany County prosecutor and public defender, is a Democrat who ran for City Court on the Working Families line. Collins, who has contributed at least $300 to the Albany County Democratic Committee since February 2016, at one point asked Law Beat: “Why didn’t you put forth an article to challenge the role of politics in judicial campaigns?”

She said that a “massive machine” was at play in the race. Collins wrote “certain Democrats have been trained to vote one way — Democrat across the board even though it hurts us to do so. This training has now become a weapon.”

Collins, in clear references to Kelly and herself, wrote one of the two candidates running for City Court was “endowed the Democratic endorsement” while the other “earned the Working Families Party endorsement.”

Law Beat asked Collins if she could elaborate on the “machine,” what it is and who is in it. Collins did not give an answer.

The Judicial Campaign Ethics Handbook also prohibits judge candidates from appealing directly or indirectly to the “fear, passion or prejudice of the electorate or from appealing purposefully to or against members of a particular race, sex, ethnic group, religion or similar group.”

Candidates’ campaign committees are told to avoid “comments on another candidate’s qualifications” on social media venues such as Facebook.

Collins appeared to test the limits of both of those rules. That Collins allowed Mishler’s post to remain (it was “liked” by at least 42 people) could certainly be seen as tacit approval.

And in her Oct. 29 post, Collins wrote she “eats and purchases products and services that are mostly inner city, independently owned, small business, black and brown owned businesses because she understands that when we fail to support our small business ventures that’s a dream lost.”

Asked about Mishler’s post on her Facebook page given the rules against indirect partisan attacks, Collins replied: “Mark Mishler is not and never has been a committee person for Citizens for LaVonda Collins. Mark Mishler is an independent citizen with First Amendment rights. There was no response to the information that was tagged to LaVonda Collins Facebook page. As a candidate I am not required to control the opinions of citizens in the community.”

Of course, Mishler was not a mere citizen. A Collins campaign ad prominently noted her endorsement by Mishler, identified as a “defense attorney and legal activist.”

Collins repeatedly refused to say why she allowed Mishler’s post to remain on her page. She told Law Beat Mishler was “free to exercise his First Amendment right.”

Pressed on the question, Collins replied: “Have a good day Mr. Gavin. I happen to value freedom of speech as it is a constitutional right.”

When contacted by Law Beat, Mishler said he did not intentionally post his endorsement on Collins’ Facebook page and thought it was on his own page. He stood by his remarks and said the city leadership, including Kelly, has failed to hold the police department accountable for brutality and racism.

Kelly, when asked to comment, declined.

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Travis Schlichting
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You can’t help but think what Don Mattingly has to say about Travis Schlichting’s mullet.

Then again, does a mullet first come to mind when describing California hair styles? I doubt it.

However, Travis shows something entertaining after everything the Dodgers have been through this year.

Doug Drabek
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Doug Drabek’s mullet looks sort of rough and scrappy from this angle.

But since the beard and goatee appear rough as well, it all flows well together.

Larry Walker
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What more can you say about Larry Walker’s mully?

It’s solid and gets the job done.

No need to be fancy, just straight-up business.

Troy Tulowitzki
21 OF 23
Who knows how long Troy will keep it, but any fresh mullet with some creative buzz on the side is gold.

Maybe Tulowitzki will continue his style, and we’ll get to see more designs.

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By Chris O’Brien
BU News Service

A jury ruled Thursday that a police officer did not violate a man’s civil rights after the officer impounded the man’s car on a traffic stop, despite the man claiming he was on his way to the hospital with chest pain and soon suffering from a heart problems.

The three-day trial concluded after just two hours of jury deliberation. The defendant stormed out of the courtroom following the reading of the jury’s decision.

On the morning of Feb. 2, 2017, Massachusetts State Police Officer Christopher Booth stopped Mark Harper on I-95 near North Attleboro for improper plates. Booth discovered Harper did not have registration for his Acura, which Harper said he had purchased just days prior, according to court documents.

“I thought it was Massachusetts law…I had seven days to register a car,” Harper testified Tuesday in court.

Harper had been driving from his home in Warwick, Rhode Island, to Boston Medical Center to seek treatment for severe chest pains, according to his testimony. Harper testified that during the traffic stop, he made Booth aware of his condition and asked for help multiple times.

Booth’s defense team denied that Harper made Booth or Officer Paul Powell, who came to assist shortly after Harper was pulled over, aware of his medical condition. The defense team argued that Harper had been combative, refusing to identify himself multiple times and refusing to exit the vehicle when officers requested he do so.

“Booth could have physically restrained or arrested Harper for failure to comply to a police officer but didn’t feel animosity towards Harper. Instead he used conflict resolution tools,” said Joseph Kittredge, Booth’s defense lawyer.

Booth called a tow truck to retrieve Harper’s car, as Harper was legally unable to drive without valid insurance or registration for the car. According to his testimony, Harper thought the tow truck would take him to the hospital. Instead, he was released at a nearby gas station in North Attleboro.

“I didn’t have a clue where I was at,” Harper said. “I felt angry. I felt disappointed…I didn’t know what to feel.”

Before approaching the gas station, Harper made a 911 call to the North Attleboro police. In the call, Harper mentioned that he was headed to the hospital, and that his car had been taken by state troopers.

Booth’s defense team stressed that it was “revealing” that Harper did not use his phone to call 911 when he was with the police. Harper said he did call emergency services at the gas station where he then collapsed.

“Before I got to the gas station, I blacked out,” Harper recalled. “The next thing I saw was the ambulance.”

Harper had undergone cardiac arrest and was taken to nearby Sturdy Memorial Hospital, according to court records.

Harper testified Tuesday that he has an extensive medical history, and has built a trust with and prefers the medical staff at Boston Medical Center, which is why he had intended to drive there that morning.

In his testimony, Harper alleged that he was given medication by doctors at Sturdy Hospital that gave him an allergic reaction, causing him to vomit. Harper’s legal team made the argument that this would not have happened with the doctors at Boston Medical Center that Harper knew and said he trusted.

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Entering the day, there were more than 150 players on the clock to exchange arbitration figures with their respective teams prior to a noon ET deadline. As one would expect, there’ll be an utter landslide of arbitration agreements in advance of that deadline. We already ran through some key facts and reminders on the arbitration process earlier this morning for those who are unfamiliar or simply need a refresher on one of MLB’s most complex idiosyncrasies, which will hopefully clear up many questions readers might have.

We’ll track the majority of the American League’s settlements in this post and split off a separate one for NL settlements as well. Note that all projections referenced come courtesy of MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz:

The Yankees have worked out deals with all of their eligible players. The team has a hefty $8.5MM pact with Aaron Judge, per’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Backstop Gary Sanchez settled for $5MM, per Feinsand (via Twitter). The New York org will pay righty Luis Cessa $895K and Jonathan Holder $750K, Murray reports (Twitter links). Fellow reliever Tommy Kahnle will earn $2.65MM, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). And star lefty James Paxton has settled at $12.5MM, Heyman adds via Twitter. Chad Green and Jordan Montgomery have also agreed to terms, but the prices aren’t known.
The Twins announced that they struck deals with Trevor May, Taylor Rogers, Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton. Buxton earns $3.075MM, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter).
Shortstop Carlos Correa settled with the Astros for $8MM, per’s Brian McTaggart (via Twitter). Righty Brad Peacock lands at a $3.9MM salary, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). The former went for more than his $7.4MM projection, while the latter ended up shy of the $4.6MM mark produced by the computers.
The Orioles have a deal with outfielder/first baseman Trey Mancini, Roch Kubatko of tweets. It’s for $4.75MM, per Dan Connolly of The Athletic (via Twitter), well south of the $5.7MM projection.
Outfielder Jorge Soler has agreed to a $7.3MM deal with the Royals,’s Jeffrey Flanagan tweets. That’s well off of the $11.2MM that MLBTR’s model projected, though it is likely that the cause of the gulf lies in the interpretation of the correct baseline to start from in building Soler’s salary. He’s in the 4+ service class but had been playing on the original deal he signed out of Cuba.
The Tigers have a deal in place with southpaw Matthew Boyd, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press (via Twitter). It’ll pay him $5.3MM, per Chris McCosky of the Detroit News (Twitter link). That falls comfortably below the $6.4MM, suggesting that Boyd’s camp was concerned with the way his suboptimal ERA would play in the arb process. Fellow lefty starter Daniel Norris will earn $2.96MM, McCosky tweets.
Earlier Settlements

Carlos Rodon ($4.45MM) and Nomar Mazara ($5.56MM) each have deals with the White Sox, per Robert Murray (Twitter links). The former was projected at $4.5MM after an injury limited season, making for an expectedly light raise on his $4.2MM salary from the prior campaign. The latter, recently acquired from the Rangers, comes in just under the $5.7MM the MLBTR model projected. The Chicago organization also announced that it has agreed to terms with infielder Leury Garcia for $3.25MM and righty Evan Marshall for $1.1MM.
The Angels have a $900K deal in place with righty Noe Ramirez, per Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter).
Recently acquired Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. will play for $1.875MM, per Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer (via Twitter).
Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones will play for $1.575MM, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press (via Twitter).
Righty Buck Farmer will earn $1.15MM from the Tigers, Robert Murray reports on Twitter.
The Rays will pay righty Oliver Drake $1.025MM, according to Murray (via Twitter). Infielder Daniel Robertson will play for the same rate, per John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter).
The White Sox signed closer Alex Colome to a one-year deal worth $10.5325MM, tweets Jesse Sanchez of A free agent next winter, Colome had been projected to earn $10.3MM. Chicago also settled at $1.1MM with righty Evan Marshall, per Robert Murray. He was projected at $1.3MM.
Infielder Gio Urshela and the Yankees agreed to a $2.475MM that tops his $2.2MM projection, tweets Murray.
The Rangers agreed to deals with Joey Gallo ($4.4MM) and Danny Santana ($3.6MM), Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports (Twitter links). Murray adds that righty Rafael Montero gets $785K from Texas. Gallo bested his $4MM projection, while Santana fell shy of his $3.9MM projection and Montero cam in south of his $900K number.
Right-hander Nick Wittgren and the Indians are in agreement on a one-year, $1.125MM deal that checks in a bit south of his $1.3MM projection, per Murray.
The Mariners agreed to terms with outfielders Mitch Haniger ($3.01MM) and Mallex Smith ($2.35MM), tweets Murray. Haniger’s salary is a near-exact match with his $3MM projection, though Smith clocks in a bit south of his $2.7MM figure.
Right-hander Chris Devenski and the Astros settled on a $2MM salary that aligns perfectly with his $2MM projected salary, tweets Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
The Angels and infielder Tommy La Stella agreed to a $3.25MM deal that tops his $2.9MM projection, per’s Mark Feinsand.
Orioles infielder Hanser Alberto will be paid $1.65MM in 2020, tweets Joe Trezza of He was projected at $1.9MM.
The Twins and right-hander Tyler Duffey agreed to a $1.2MM deal, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 SKOR North radio. That’s $100K north of his $1.1MM projection in the first of three trips through arbitration.
Southpaw Andrew Heaney and the Angels agreed on a $4.3MM salary, tweets Mark Feinsand of That’s quite a bit shy of the flat $5MM he was projected to earn on the heels of an injury-shortened campaign. A Super Two player, Heaney will be arb-eligible once more next winter.
Infielder/outfielder Chad Pinder and the Athletics settled on a one-year, $2.025MM deal, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. That tops the $1.8MM at which he was projected in his first year of eligibility.
The Orioles and righty Mychal Givens settled at $3.225MM, tweets USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. It’s nearly a dead match with the $3.2MM projection of Givens, who’ll be arbitration-eligible once more next winter before hitting free agency after the 2021 season.
Outfielder Hunter Renfroe and the Rays agreed to a $3.3MM deal, tweets Nightengale. That checks in $100K south of the $3.4MM projection for Renfroe, who’ll be arb-eligible three more times.
Nightengale also tweets that the Blue Jays and Matt Shoemaker agreed to a $4.2MM contract, topping his $3.8MM projection by a sum of $400K. He’ll be a free agent next winter.
The Indians and outfielder Tyler Naquin settled at $1.45MM, tweets Mark Feinsand of He falls shy of his $1.8MM projection in the first of three trips through arb.
Righty Matt Barnes and the Red Sox have agreed to a $3.1MM deal, also via Feinsand. He was projected to earn $3MM as a second-time-eligible player. Nightengale adds that right-hander Heath Hembree and the Sox agreed to a $1.6125MM deal, which nearly matches his $1.6MM projection.
The Rays and righty Tyler Glasnow agreed to a $2.05MM salary for the upcoming season, MLBTR has learned. That salary clocks in north of his $1.9MM projection. As a Super Two player, Glasnow will be eligible for arbitration thrice more.
The Angels have agreed to a one-year pact with right-hander Keynan Middleton that’ll pay him $800K, tweets Robert Murray. That’s an exact match with the projection for Middleton, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018 but returned to the mound in 2019.
Righty Sam Tuivailala and the Mariners agreed to an $800K salary for the upcoming season, tweets Murray. He was projected to earn $900K after returning from 2018 surgery to repair a tear in his Achilles tendon.

Ed Burns Jersey

In three seasons in the Minors, James went 5-2 with a 3.79 ERA in 35 games from 2016-18. (Turlington)

So as the summer of 2018 drew to a close, Carter came to the painful but unavoidable conclusion that it was time to put his baseball career to rest. Though he would go on to pitch a little bit in the independent Frontier League immediately after Great Lakes’ season for one last ride, he made his exit from the Dodgers’ organization official with that conversation in Shoemaker’s office.

“It was tough to get the words out,” Carter says. “I had played baseball my whole life.”

Of course, he had been photogenic his whole life, too.

And soon, that would open other doors.

* * * * *

Much like his model aunt, who didn’t let her superstar status prevent her from pursuing a master’s degree in public health from Columbia and the higher purpose of her charity work, Carter greatly valued his education. So when he put baseball behind him, he re-enrolled at UCSB to chase the final credits he needed for his history degree.

It was only natural, though, given his looks and his roots, that Carter would view modeling as a potential path. So during a visit to New York to see his family, he reached out to some casting directors in the city and, within days, was signed by IMG. (By the way, that family referenced includes Carter’s stepfather, who is screenwriter Brian Burns, brother of actor and director Ed Burns, who is married to Turlington. The two couples live within a block of each other in New York.)

Carter’s first real photoshoot this past summer was actually accidental. Turlington was shooting a cover for Vogue Brazil with the renowned photographers Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi, and she had Carter come visit the set so that he could network with people from the industry.

“The photographers were in awe of how much we looked alike,” Carter says. “So they styled me up immediately.”

While Turlington was getting her hair and makeup done, Carter was whisked away for an impromptu shoot.

“They were gone for like an hour!” Turlington says. “I was like, ‘Hey guys, don’t we have work to do?’”

From that shoot came the image that Turlington put out to more than 800,000 followers on Instagram, with the caption, “When your nephew visits you on the set and steals the show!” The post got more than 40,000 likes.

A headshot that Christy Turlington posted on Instagram vaulted James to stardom. (Photo by Luigi & Iango)

A star was born.

Carter has since done several shoots for upcoming projects, including his first magazine cover, and he’s strutted the catwalk for Rag & Bone, Brandon Maxwell, Giorgio Armani, Fila, Missoni and Bottega Veneta at Fashion Week in New York and Milan.

“It’s kind of the same as walking out to the mound, in a way,” he says. “That confident walk.”

Carter used to devote himself to bulking up his body. Squats. Deadlifts. Protein.

Now, he’s eating fish and vegetables and doing cardio and ab workouts constantly. He pitched at 215 pounds. As a model, he’s down around 170.

“The diet,” he says with a sigh, “definitely got stricter.”

Instead of sharing a clubhouse with his A-ball teammates, he’s found himself rubbing elbows at parties with famous athletes, movie stars, musicians and, of course, many, many models.

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By Mark McCarter | [email protected]
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Carlos Subero, with four previous years’ experience in the Southern League, will be the manager for the 2014 Huntsville Stars.

Subero, 41, managed the Birmingham Barons in 2008 and the Chattanooga Lookouts from 2010 through 2012.

The Stars staff will also include pitching coach Chris Hook, back for his third consecutive season and fourth overall, and hitting coach Sandy Guerrero, an off-season Huntsville resident who served as the Brewers’ minor league hitting coordinator the past two years. Guerrero was the Stars’ hitting coach from 2003-08.

Trainer Steve Patera will return, and be joined by a new strength and conditioning coach, Nate Dine. J.R. Rinaldi, who serves as Milwaukee’s equipment manager for its minor league system, will be the clubhouse manager.

Subero is a native of Venezuela who played six minor league seasons as an infielder, primarily in the Kansas City organization.

He managed seven years in the Rangers’ organization before the White Sox hired him in 2008 to manage at Birmingham, where the Barons went 74-63 but lost in the SL South playoffs to Mississippi after winning the first half.

Subero was 215-201 in his three years at Chattanooga, with the Lookouts twice reaching the playoffs but falling in the first round. He was 65-75 last season with the Los Angeles Angels’ advance-A California League team in Rancho Cucamonga.

Subero was also chosen as a coach for the World team in the 2008 Futures Game and managed Venezuela in the 2006 Caribbean Series.

Wrote The Birmingham News in 2008 after Subero was not retained by the White Sox: “Carlos Subero turned a few heads last season as manager of the Birmingham Barons.

One reason was his demeanor. Subero could transition from laid-back to livid in a nanosecond, setting the unofficial minor league record for most ejections without uttering a single cuss word.

” ‘He would lose his temper and state his case, but I never, ever heard him use profanity,’ said Curt Bloom, the Barons’ longtime play-by-play man.

“Reason two was more obvious. He took a club deep in pitching but short on everyday prospects and led the Barons to the Southern League’s second-best record, 74-63.”

This will be the Huntsville Stars’ final season in this particular incarnation. The Stars’ move to Biloxi for the 2015 was officially approved by the Southern League Board of Directors, the league announced Friday.

Principal owner Miles Prentice has negotiated the sale to Ken Young, a businessman who owns several other minor league clubs, though Prentice will maintain an ownership stake in the team as it moves to Mississippi.

City leaders are optimistic a replacement team will be found for the Stars within two or three seasons.

The Stars’ home opener is April 9

The staffs elsewhere in the Brewers’ chain:

Class AAA Nashville: Manager Rick Sweet, pitching coach Fred Dabney, hitting coach Bob Skube.

Class A Brevard County: Manager Joe Ayrault, pitching coach David Chavarria, coaches Ned Yost IV and Reggie Williams.

Class A Wisconsin: Manager Matt Erickson, pitching coach Elvin Nina, coaches Chuckie Caufield and Kenny Dominguez.

Rookie league Helena: Manager Tony Diggs, pitching coach Rolando Valles, coach Jason Dubois.

Arizona league: Manager Nestor Corredor, pitching coach Steve Cline, hitting coach Al LeBouef.

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The Major League Baseball offseason is rarely a bold time. Last year, it was the questions of whether or not Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel would ever sign a contract. This year, it was the insanity of rapid-fire deals for Scott Boras clients in December. However, with over a month until spring training begins, every team is sure to remain busy and actively patrol the free agent and trade markets as they look to improve. Here is the biggest remaining need for all 30 clubs.

Atlanta Braves
Biggest Remaining Need: Third baseman

We open this piece with more of a confusion than an absolute need. The Braves need to determine whether or not Austin Riley is ready to make an impact in the majors by Opening Day, or if they need to pursue a pact with Josh Donaldson or trade for Kris Bryant or Nolan Arenado.

Miami Marlins
Biggest Remaining Need: Power bat

The Marlins need to figure out what they are going to Trey Hodges do about their second-worst power production in 2019 to make sure it doesn’t become the worst in 2020. The Marlins have rounded out their infield nicely, but signing a power bat to plug in will be important.

New York Mets
Biggest Remaining Need: Defensive outfielder

The Mets made some improvements to eliminate their bullpen woes, but now, a weakness appears in the outfield. The Mets need to decide whether they want to acquire a defensive outfielder or an offensive one, and the correct answer is defensive.

Philadelphia Phillies
Biggest Remaining Need: Bullpen help

The signing of Zach Wheeler was huge in rounding out the starting rotation. However, the pitching in general could still use some help with a big gap in the bullpen. Many solid relievers priced around $5 million to $6 million are still on the market.

Washington Nationals
Biggest Remaining Need: Third baseman

While the Nats originally needed bullpen help, a plethora of reliever signings have made that need nonexistent. Now, they shift their focus to third base after losing Anthony Rendon as they zone in on negotiating with Josh Donaldson.

Chicago Cubs
Biggest Remaining Need: Outfield bat
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The Cubs’ infield is pretty dominant (that is, until Kris Bryant is traded), but the outfield contains some questions. Replacing Ian Happ and his 11 home runs in center field with a different outfielder with pop could prove to be an effective move.

Cincinnati Reds
Biggest Remaining Need: Bullpen help

The need for bullpen help isn’t an immense one, but after they solidified their outfield with Shogo Akiyama and their infield with Mike Moustakas, it seems as if the Reds’ front office will shift their focus to finding a reliever or two.

Milwaukee Brewers
Biggest Remaining Need: Shortstop

The Brewers found their help at third base with Eric Sogard but they would still benefit from some infield help. Orlando Arcia is a decent shortstop but his efforts at the plate are atrocious. The question is: what better options are out there?

Pittsburgh Pirates
Biggest Remaining Need: Power bat

The Pirates are in desperate need of a poor bat after a season in which they had the second-worst number of homers in the league. They need a big bat to turn their power-hitting woes into at least mediocrity.

St. Louis Cardinals
Biggest Remaining Need: Power-hitting outfielder

The Cardinals lost Marcell Ozuna to free agency and traded Randy Arozarena and Jose Martinez to the Rays. Perhaps the Cardinals could explore signing someone like Yasiel Puig to provide that power bat in the outfield.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Biggest Remaining Need: Center-fielder or second baseman

The Diamondbacks need to decide whether 2019 star Ketel Marte will spend the majority of his time at second base or in the outfield. Whichever position he doesn’t play needs to be filled in by an external player as the internal candidates won’t cut it.

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Biggest Remaining Need: Pitching

Understandably, nobody wants to pitch at Coors Field. However, someone has to do the dirty work. The Rockies need to convince free agent pitchers to sign with them or else the air coupled with the weak pitching will make Denver the most enticing place to play.