Latest Arbitration Outcomes:
Cincinnati Reds: The Cincinnati Reds agreed to a one-year deal with their flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman on Friday narrowly avoiding arbitration. Chapman will make $8.05 million in 2015. The three-time All-Star had filed for $8.7 million which Cincinnati had countered with $6.65 million.
The 26-year-old left-hander, whose fastball has been rumored to have hit 106 mph, has already collected 113 saves over parts of five seasons with the Reds. In 2014, he amassed 36 saves and struck out 106 batters in just 54 innings of work.
Toronto Blue Jays: All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson, who was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason for third baseman Brett Lawrie, pitchers Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto, lost his arbitration case against his new team.
Donaldson, who was in his first year of arbitration eligibility, filed for $5.75 million. He made just $500,000 with Oakland in 2014. In 2015 Donaldson, despite taking the loss at the hearing, will still be taking a substantial raise. He will make the $4.3 million that was originally offered by the Blue Jays.
Donaldson hit .255 with the A’s in 2014 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI.
Kansas City Royals: The Kansas City Royals and their closer Greg Holland avoided arbitration on Friday, agreeing upon a salary of $8.25 million for 2015. The 29-year-old right-hander had asked for $9 million which the Royals had countered with $6.65 million. He will also recieve $100,000 should he be traded during the season. The Royals have $21 million committed to their bullpen which was lights out during the postseason and includes, Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera and Luke Hochevar. Holland had 46 saves for the Royals during the regular season and posted an ERA of just 1.44.
The club also signed 34-year-old right handed pitcher Joe Blanton to a minor league deal. Blanton, who last played in the Majors in 2013 with the Los Angeles Angels, is one of quite a few veteran pitchers attempting to make a comeback to the big leagues. That list also includes Mark Mulder, Barry Zito, Dontrelle Willis and Johan Santana.
The last remaining player on the Royals without a contract for 2015 is first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Arizona Diamondbacks: The Arizona Diamondbacks and closer Addison Reed reached a deal Friday before their scheduled arbitration hearing. Reed will make $4.875 million in 2015 and can earn up to $50,000 more in performance bonuses.
Reed collected 32 saves in 38 chances in 2014, posting a 4.25 ERA. He had filed for $5.65 million originally. He earned $538,500 last season and the D-Backs had originally countered his offer with $4.7 million. While settling at a number below the mid-point Reed will still be getting a nice raise in 2015.
The only Diamondbacks player without a contract for this season is outfielder Mark Trumbo.
So far this year there have been eight cases that have gone forward to an actual arbitration hearing with teams coming out in favor 5-3 thus far.