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Eric Young Jr. Baltimore Orioles


Frank Smith Pancho

For me, I'm holding out with bids for both until their signing prospects get bleaker. I think R! is the last-ditch designation. And yes, pulling them out of the pool will be adding dollars to lots of players, which would need to be re-adjusted when they do sign.

mike fenger mike
Michael Fulmer Detroit Tigers

Obviously the arbiter didn't believe your projection, Peter. He went with the owners.

He asked for $3.4 million, which even I admit is insane. The owners offered $2.8 million, which most of us is would agree is a lot for a pitcher who won three and lost twelve.

If that's all there was to the story. But we all know it's not.

There's a lot to like in Fulmer's stat line.

The best way to find out what it's actually worth is to make him a free agent.

But that's not going to happen for three more years. And while he waits, he's not going to starve. Even I admit that.

In any case, it's over. All the arbitration cases have been settled. Here's the scorecard as summarized by ESPN...

Players had a winning record for the third time in four years but just the fifth time since 1996 and 11th time since arbitration started in 1974.

Three starting pitchers won -- Cleveland's Trevor Bauer, Houston's Gerrit Cole and Cincinnati's Alex Wood -- along with Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, Oakland closer Blake Treinen, and Tampa Bay outfielder Tommy Pham.

Players who lost included Washington outfielder Michael Taylor, Nationals reliever Kyle Barraclough and Toronto reliever Ryan Tepera lost.

Among the more than 175 players who were eligible for arbitration this year, just three agreed to contracts of more than one guaranteed season -- Yankees right-hander Luis Severino ($40 million for four years), Philadelphia right-hander Aaron Nola ($45 million for four years) and Minnesota outfielder Max Kepler ($35 million for five years).

Arizona left-hander T.J. McFarland and Milwaukee catcher Manny Pina agreed to contracts that included 2020 club options.

Alex Patton Alex

80 sounds right, Phil. And if 11 other teams don't understand that, that's your advantage. Buy Trout and Betts and then pick from the wealth of players at the end.

As for my copping out with the R1's, there will be plenty of updates. We're working out the schedule now.

Alex Patton Alex

The LABR Mixed Draft ran on Tuesday. Was a fun evening, with more than a few surprises. Here's the link for those interested.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jacob Diekman Kansas City Royals

Kansas City

Frank Smith Pancho
Hunter Pence Texas Rangers

Signed a MiLC with Texas.  He played college ball at UT-Arlington.

Frank Smith Pancho

About to do one of the most useless CBS online auctions - 12 teams, points league auction for all MLB with $260 budget.  Sixteen starters (C,1,2,3,S,3xO,U,5xSP,2xRP) ... 5 reserve spots also in the auction.

What's Mookie Betts or Mike Trout worth in such an auction?  80?

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
If you're working out to 3120, that ends up inflating a lot of players, doesn't it?
Phil Ponebshek Texpope

In answer to Syd in the Vladdy Jr. thread, all of the mega-prospects who seem destined to start the year in the minors get an R1 under AP4.

I went a step further. I made Bryce Harper, Many Machado and Craig Kimbrel R1s.

If the owners aren't going to pay them, why should I? 

Alex Patton Alex
Ender Inciarte Atlanta Braves

First in SDI among NL CF this year, Don Drooker tells us in his Rotisserie Duck blog. FWIW, he's second to Bader in the estimation of Fangraphs.

Alex Patton Alex
Harrison Bader St. Louis Cardinals

Don Drooker today, comparing the SDI ratings (SABR's Defensive Index) to the Gold Glove winners:

* CF – Ender Inciarte gave more credence as to why Dave Stewart should not have been a GM by winning the Gold Glove for a third time. Pay attention to Harrison Bader, who finished second.

Alex Patton Alex
D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees

Yes, Don, he is. Sickening, isn't it?

Alex Patton Alex

It will be very interesting to watch this guy play a lot on the YES network. From the Rotisserie Duck (Don Drooker) today, comparing SDI numbers (SABR's Defensive Index) with the Gold Glove winners: 

* 2B – DJ LeMahieu nearly lapped the field with his number of 19.5 and put a third Gold Glove is in his trophy case…now he’s a Utility player in the Bronx?

Alex Patton Alex
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays

The Guide gives him $21.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Matt Olson Oakland Athletics

And I'm just noticing Peter's projection. Eleven fewer games, eight more homers.

Alex Patton Alex

More from the Duck:

* 1B – Matt Olson’s rating of 12.4 left all the others in the dust…his Gold Glove was well deserved.

 Fangraphs agrees.

Alex Patton Alex
Mike Zunino Tampa Bay Rays

Don Drooker (aka the Rotisserie Duck) comparing the SABR Defensive Ratings to each winner of the Gold Glove:

* C – Mike Zunino – If you wonder why the Rays traded for a player who hit .201 last season, this might be the answer. His 6.8 rating led the way, while Gold Glove winner Salvador Perez came in second at 5.4.

Alex Patton Alex
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays

No price for Vlad? Or is he an R1?

Mitch Garver Minnesota Twins

The conclusion of the Rotisserie Duck's recap of the SABR Defensive Index for 2018:

> In case you’re curious, here’s a list of the defensive players with the worst ratings…in other words their defense was “offensive”.

* AL – Mitch Garver C…Ryon Healy 1B…Yoan Moncada 2B…Miguel Andujar 3B…Alcides Escobar SS…Trey Mancini LF…Adam Jones CF (again)…Nick Castellanos RF (he was the worst at 3B in 2017)

* NL – Chris Ianetta C…Josh Bell 1B…Asdrubal Cabrera 2B…Colin Moran 3B…Amed Rosario SS…Rhys Hoskins LF…Charlie Blackmon CF…Bryce Harper RF

Alex Patton Alex

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