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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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In case you hadn’t heard, the 2019 Minnesota Twins set a record for most home runs by a team in Major League history with 307 long-balls.

In other news that you may have somehow missed, the Twins are reportedly still one of only three or four teams in the running to sign former American League MVP and Bringer of Rain, Josh Donaldson.

A marriage between the record-setting Twins and the dangerous Donaldson would be … smashing, to put things mildly.

Comparing last year’s “regular lineup” to a projected lineup for 2020 proves challenging, given manager Rocco Baldelli’s penchant for tinkering with his starting nine; the Twins only used two lineup cards more than twice. The top six players in those two lineups, which were used seven and six times, respectively, were as follows, pictured along with their individual home run totals.

Max Kepler – 36 HR
Jorge Polanco – 22 HR
Nelson Cruz – 41 HR
Eddie Rosario – 32 HR
C.J. Cron – 25 HR
Marwin Gonzalez – 15 HR

All of those guys except Cron will be back in 2020. Additionally, only one of those six players appeared in more than 137 games: Jorge Polanco, who played in 153 contests.

The other players who combined to make up the bottom-third of the Twins’ most commonly used lineups in 2019 were as follows, in order of dingers swatted over the fence.

Mitch Garver – 31 HR
Jonathan Schoop – 23 HR
Jason Castro – 13 HR
Byron Buxton – 10 HR

Schoop and Castro are gone, having signed with the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, respectively. Garver famously demolished 31 homers while appearing in just 93 games due to a combination of injury and somewhat of a rotation with the now-departed Castro. And Buxton was once again felled by injury midway through the campaign, stepping to the plate only 295 times in 87 games.

If we do a bit of projecting, it’s fair to assume that of the seven above-mentioned guys who are still on the Twins’ roster today, everyone except the 39-year-old Cruz has a real possibility to hit more home runs than they did in 2019. Now, they won’t all hit more, but assuming relative health, some of them certainly will.

Also, did you notice anyone missing? Miguel Sano only appeared in 105 games due to his late start to the season and didn’t even make the above list of 10, and he was third on the team with 34 round-trippers.

Let’s take a stab at a lineup with Donaldson, who hit 37 home runs last year with Atlanta, again with their 2019 numbers.

(There’s probably an extra bench player listed in the below scenario, but remember that the active roster is expanding to 26 players in 2020. Cave would likely be the odd man out due to the positional flexibility of Gonzalez and, to a lesser extent, Astudillo and Adrianza.)

C Mitch Garver (R) – 31 HR
SS Jorge Polanco (S) – 22 HR
DH Nelson Cruz (R) – 41 HR
3B Josh Donaldson (R) – 37 HR
RF Max Kepler (L) – 36 HR
1B Miguel Sano (R) – 34 HR
LF Eddie Rosario (L) – 32 HR
CF Byron Buxton (R) – 10 HR
2B Luis Arraez (L) – 4 HR

UT Marwin Gonzalez – 15 HR
UT Willians Astudillo – 4 HR
C Alex Avila – 9 HR
OF Jake Cave – 8 HR
INF Ehire Adrianza- 5 HR

That lineup is … stacked. That’s six players who hit over 30 home runs a season ago, and it’s quite possible they’ll all challenge that number again. Polanco and a healthy Buxton would each hit north of 20 dingers, and Gonzalez would have a chance given semi-regular at-bats, too.

The other aspect of this that doesn’t fit the point being made but must be mentioned is that adding the slick-fielding Donaldson would also improve the Twins’ defense immensely.

We don’t have any idea how long the Donaldson process will drag on, with Washington, Atlanta, and possibly the Dodgers all still involved alongside the Twins. But the Twins have the best top-to-bottom lineup of the three teams, and potentially the easiest division with the dreadful Tigers and Royals nowhere near contending status.

If Donaldson chooses the Twins, look for another 300-plus homer season at Target Field. It’s an offense that should carry this team to postseason play once again, regardless of how average their pitching staff appears to be.

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Might as well start here given the luxury tax payroll situation. Technically, pretty much every player on the roster is a salary dump candidate, but something tells me the Astros won’t move Verlander or Bregman or Jose Altuve to free up payroll. As Yankees GM Brian Cashman likes to say, no player is untouchable, but some are more touchable than others.

Looking over the club’s roster, three Astros players stand out as potential salary dump candidates:

SS Carlos Correa: $7.4 million projected salary in 2020 (via MLB Trade Rumors)
RHP Brad Peacock: $4.6 million projected salary in 2020 (via MLB Trade Rumors)
OF Josh Reddick: $13 million salary in 2020
I think a Correa trade is very unlikely, but the rumors have popped up, and I would never completely rule out a deal. The Astros can slide Bregman over to shortstop, his natural position, and install Abraham Toro at third base, or perhaps move Yuli Gurriel back to the hot corner and plug Yordan Alvarez in at first base. It could work. I don’t expect it to happen, but it could work.

The Astros have Kyle Tucker, a highly regarded young player, available to step into the lineup to replace Reddick. Finding another outfielder is not the obstacle here though. Reddick is owed a good deal of money this coming season and he’s mustered only a 93 OPS+ the last two years. Why trade for Reddick when you could sign, say, Yasiel Puig and get similar or better production?

To unload Reddick, the Astros may have to attached a sweetener. The Diamondbacks gave the Braves righty Touki Toussaint to take on Bronson Arroyo’s contract a few years ago. The Padres took on Chase Headley’s salary to get Bryan Mitchell from the Yankees two years ago. The Mets are open to giving up Dominic Smith to dump Jed Lowrie’s salary. It’s been done before.

Houston is deep in pitching prospects — “As always, this system is loaded with homegrown pitching, some of which has come out of nowhere during the last 12 months,” wrote FanGraphs in their recent farm system analysis — and parting with an arm(s) to clear Reddick’s salary and open a lineup spot for Tucker is something the Astros have reportedly investigated this winter.

The Orioles stand out as a potential trade partner for Reddick. GM Mike Elias worked under Luhnow with the Astros and absorbing the final year of a bad contract to add young pitching to the system seems worthwhile for a rebuilding team. Of course, Baltimore doesn’t seem inclined to spend much money this year. Trading Reddick, even with a sweetener, will be easier said than done.

As for Peacock, he’s been a solid and versatile depth arm the last few seasons, but committing close to $5 million to a guy who may only be a long or middle reliever could be tough to swallow for a team on a self-imposed budget. Swapping Peacock for a prospect and replacing him internally (Bryan Abreu?) seems like the easiest way to get payroll under the $248 million threshold.

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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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JACKSONVILLE – The workload could be heavy for a change.

We’re talking about the Jaguars’ defense, and that conversation promises to be different in the 2020 offseason than it has been in quite a while because a unit that had been a team strength changed dramatically in 2019.

Now, multiple areas must be addressed in the coming months.

Nearly every level of the defense – line, linebacker and secondary – enters the offseason with at least one position needing upgrading, and salary-cap figures could force the team to make painful decisions regarding players such as defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback A.J. Bouye and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

Also key: how the Jaguars handle the contract of defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March at the start of the 2020 League Year. The Jaguars have the franchise tag available, which limits Ngakoue’s leverage, but this was a messy situation last offseason that doesn’t figure to be easier in the coming months.

We’ll look at those positions and more in this position-by-position look at the defense as the Jaguars move into the 2020 offseason:

Defensive end (7)

2019 starters:Calais Campbell (16), Yannick Ngakoue (15), Josh Allen (4).

Others on roster:Dawuane Smoot, Lerentee McCray, Chuck Harris, Dewayne Hendrix.

Pending free agents:Ngakoue.

Season in review:This remained a strength in 2019, with the end position featuring one of the NFL’s best pass-rushing trios in Campbell, Ngakoue and Allen. Allen led the team with 10.5 sacks as a rookie, with Ngakoue registering eight and Campbell finishing with 6.5. Campbell was selected to the Pro Bowl for a third time in as many seasons since joining the Jaguars, and Ngakoue reemerged as one of the best strip-sack specialists in the NFL.

Possible first-round defensive ends:Chase Young, Ohio State; Yatur Gross-Matos, Penn State; A.J. Epenesa, Iowa; Julian Okwara, Notre Dame; Anfernee Jennings, Alabama; Terrell Lewis, Alabama; Jon Greenard, Florida.

Chances of Jaguars selecting defensive end in first round:So-so.

Too-early look at the offseason:This figures to be a major offseason focus, with the team needing to determine the franchise futures of both Ngakoue and Campbell. Ngakoue and the Jaguars couldn’t reach a long-term contract extension last offseason, leading to Ngakoue holding out early in training camp. General Manager David Caldwell shortly after the 2019 regular season called a long-term deal with Ngakoue the team’s No. 1 offseason priority, but reaching a figure that makes sense to both sides figures to remain tricky. Campbell has a year remaining on his contract, and the team must decide whether to bring him back at his $17.5 million cap figure, release him or try to reach an agreement under which Campbell can return at a lower salary/cap figure.

Defensive tackles (7)

2019 starters:Taven Bryan (8), Marcell Dareus (6), Abry Jones (15)

Others on roster:Carl Davis, Dontavius Russell, Akeem Spence, Brian Price.

Pending free agents:Spence, Davis.

Season in review:This was difficult season for this position, which struggled much of the season – particularly against the run and particularly after the midseason loss of Dareus to a core-muscle injury. That forced Bryan into the starting lineup and caused he and Jones both to play more snaps than planned.

Possible first-round defensive tackles:Derrick Brown, Auburn; Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina; Raekwon Davis, Alabama.

Chances of Jaguars selecting defensive tackle in first round:High.

Too-early look at the offseason:This will be a major area of offseason focus, with perhaps the team’s top priority moving forward improving a struggling run defense that in a sense defined the 2019 season. Dareus’ $22.5 million cap figure likely will force the team to either release him or dramatically restructure his contract – and the latter seems unlikely for a player still playing at a high level. Considering Dareus’ effectiveness against the run, he may represent the biggest offseason loss if he doesn’t return. Bryan likely will start next season, but the team figures to address this area heavily in the offseason – perhaps with one of their two first-round selections in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Linebackers (13)

2019 starters:Myles Jack (11), Donald Payne (5), Quincy Williams (8), Leon Jacobs (7), Austin Calitro (4), Najee Goode (4)

Others on roster:Jake Ryan, D.J. Alexander, Dakota Allen, Preston Brown, Joe Dineen, Joe Giles-Harris, James Onwualu.

Pending free agents:Brown, Alexander, Goode, Payne (restricted), Onwalu (restricted), Calitro (exclusive rights).

Season in review:This is another position that struggled much of the 2019 season – in part because of inexperience and in large part because injuries. Jack spent the past five games on injured reserve, and Williams entered his rookie season as the starter after the offseason retirement of longtime starting weak-side linebacker Telvin Smith. Williams then struggled early and was replaced in the lineup by Goode. Payne played solidly in place of Jack in the final five games, and Jacobs in his second season showed flashes of being a solid starter in the coming seasons.

Possible first-round linebackers:Isaiah Simmons, Clemson; Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma; Dylan Moses, Alabama.

Chances of Jaguars selecting linebacker in first round:Mid-to-high.

Too-early look at the offseason:This position must be addressed, and the first question must be where to play Jack. He played better in the middle than many observers believe, but he still seems better-suited to playing outside – perhaps on the weak side. If the Jaguars move Jack, that likely will mean having to acquire a starting middle linebacker through free agency or the draft. One possibility to watch is the Jaguars playing Ngakoue at strong-side linebacker in base situations and moving him to rush end in passing situations. If the Jaguars keep their current 4-3 scheme, that’s an option.

Cornerbacks (5)

2019 starters:A.J. Bouye (14), Jalen Ramsey (2), Tre Herndon (14), D.J. Hayden (8), Parry Nickerson (1), Breon Borders (1)

Others on roster:Brandon Watson.

Pending free agents:None.

Season in review:This area underwent a major shakeup early in the season, when Ramsey – a two-time Pro Bowl selection – demanded a trade and eventually was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for two first-round selections. Herndon moved into Ramsey’s place in the lineup, finishing the season with a team-leading three interceptions and 13 passes defensed. Bouye had an interception with eight passes defensed, and Hayden had perhaps the best season of any Jaguars defensive back with two sacks, 40 tackles, six passes defensed, five tackles for loss and five quarterback hurries.

Possible first-round cornerbacks:Jeff Okudha, Ohio State; Trevon Diggs, Alabama; Paulson Adebo, Stanford; C.J. Henderson, Florida.

Chances of Jaguars selecting cornerback in first round:High

Too-early look at the offseason:This figures to be a major area of focus, with many mocking the position to the Jaguars with one of two first-round selections. The team also must address the future of Bouye, whose $15.4 million cap figure could make him a candidate for restructure or release. How the Jaguars address this position will be one of the team’s primary storylines in the coming weeks.

Safeties (5)

2019 starters:Jarrod Wilson (16), Ronnie Harrison (14), Andrew Wingard (2).

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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
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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.
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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.

Si Johnson Jersey

There is no joy in Mudville these days. Yes, Mighty Casey has struck out. But that story continues to live in a slightly different way in Norway, Sheridan, Newark, or Marseilles.

They still remember the name, Silas Johnson of Sheridan and a true story often confused. One mention at his alma mater Newark High School or a gaze at a plaque, Si Johnson is the last pitcher to strike out the famous Babe Ruth.

In researching baseball box scores, Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Si Johnson was not the last man to strike out the immortal Babe Ruth, record owner of 714 home runs.

So how did Clifford uncover a dusty mystery?

Another inaccuracy, the 40 year-old Ruth did not retire the following day after facing Johnson. It took another four days and a sore knee.

That is when pitcher Syl Johnson struck out Babe in a May 29th, 1935 game.

This Johnson’s name was spelled S-Y-L, not S-I. He also was from Portland, Oregon, not Sheridan.

With the discovery came the announcement. Clifford remembers that Sheridan talk well.

But here’s where the local Johnson did accomplish something amazing. Twenty-four hours earlier, the baseball world buzzed…

…when Babe Ruth clobbered three homers in one game, one homer flying a record 600 feet out of Forbes Field. Homers 712, 713, 714.

Then the next day Si Johnson of Sheridan took to the pitching mound for the Reds.

He struck out Babe Ruth three times that May 26th,1935 game. Over 24,000 fans witnessed it at Crosley Field on of all moments…Babe Ruth Day.

So in truth, Si Johnson was the last man to strike out Babe three times in one game.

In his 1993 interview with Sports Illustrated, Johnson said the Babe just wasn’t the same hitter that day. He said he threw Ruth all fast balls down the middle. Ruth’s bat was slower. Johnson was even hoping Ruth would hit one out.

Besides Sports Illustrated, two baseball hall of famers, broadcaster Harry Caray and sports writer Jerome Holtzman also gave life to the last-man-to-strikeout Babe Ruth legend.

So, buy me some peanuts and cracker jack…throw me that pine tar and rosin bag and let’s play two.

Click below to hear Mark Harrington’s full radio story:

Johnson graduated from Newark High School and lived Sheridan. He played semi-pro baseball for the Marseilles Merchants.

Si Johnson was called to the majors at age 18. He won 101 games, pitching more than 2,000 innings in 272 games, 108 complete contests, over 17 seasons with Cincinnati, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and the Boston Braves.

He was the season opening day starting pitcher five times (losing all five) for the Cincinnati Reds. In two straight games, he threw a one-hitter. During his one minor league days for the Rock Island Islanders, the right-hander struck out 19 batters in one game and won 11 straight games. In a major league game, he once had four hits. At age 39, he started the season 8-2 with his all-time best 2.76 ERA.

A player of firsts:

* He was a spring training holdout for $7,500 season pay in clash with team owner Branch Rickey and Judge Landis, MLB Baseball Commissioner. He won.

* On the field for the first night game in MLB history,

* First MLB team road trip travelling by airplane.

* On first team to go to spring training (Puerto Rico) outside the U.S.

* In 1948, he earned a World Series ring with Boston Braves as a coach.

* Of two seasons, Johnson set the National League high for losses at 19 and at 22.


You can see Si Johnson photos and memorabilia at the Rowe Library in Sheridan, the Norway Store in Norway, the Sheridan Museum, and the Norway Museum.

Go online and type in Babe Ruth in the search box. Go to the Baseball Reference link. Go to Standard Batting. Click on BSN. Then click on game logs (near bottom of page), then to May 26 and 29. There will the boxscores for Ruth’s batting, the pitching line for Si Johnson (May 26) and Syl Johnson (May 29)

Thanks to Matthew Clifford’s researchers: sons Jacob, Thomas, Joseph.

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.