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  • MLB notebook: Agent denies $175M Machado offer
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Hours after ESPN's Buster Olney reported the Chicago White Sox offered Manny Machado a seven-year, $175 million deal, Machado's agent referred to the report as "inaccurate and reckless" on Wednesday.

    • Dan Lozano sharply criticized Olney and USA Today's Bob Nightengale for their reporting on Machado's free agency situation. Nightengale tweeted Wednesday that the White Sox made the offer two weeks ago and see no reason to bid against themselves.

      "I don't know if their sources are blatantly violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement by intentionally misleading them to try and affect negotiations through the public or are just flat out lying to them for other reasons," Lozano said.

      Machado, who played his first six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles before a mid-July trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, had been reported to be seeking a contract in the 10-year, $300 million-plus range.

      --Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman announced 2019 will be his 46th and final season as the voice of the Cincinnati Reds.

      Brennaman, 76, has been calling Reds games since 1974 and is known for such taglines as "and this one belongs to the Reds" and "rounding third and heading for home."

      Highlights of his long career in the booth include calling three World Series clinchers by Cincinnati (1975, 1976 and 1990) as well as Hank Aaron's 714th home run, Tom Seaver's 1978 no-hitter and Tom Browning's 1988 perfect game.

      --Free agent infielder Wilmer Flores has agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to an ESPN report.

      The 27-year-old Flores agreed to a $4.25 million deal with a $6 million team option for 2020, according to ESPN. He must pass a physical for the deal to become official.

      Flores batted. 267 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs in 126 games with the New York Mets last season, when he made $3.4 million.

      --Kansas City Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for two performance-enhancing substances, commissioner Rob Manfred's office announced.

      Skoglund, 26, was 1-6 in 14 games (13 starts) for the Royals last season, posting a 5.14 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 70 innings.

      The league said he tested positive for both Ostarine and Ligandrol in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. His suspension will be effective at the start of the 2019 regular season, per the commissioner's statement.

      --Field Level Media

  • Royals LHP Skoglund gets 80-game ban for PEDs
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Kansas City Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for two performance-enhancing substances, commissioner Rob Manfred's office announced Wednesday.

    • Skoglund, 26, was 1-6 in 14 games (13 starts) for the Royals last season, posting a 5.14 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 70 innings.

      The league said he tested positive for both Ostarine and Ligandrol in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

      His suspension will be effective at the start of the 2019 regular season, per the commissioner's statement.

      The Royals released a lengthy statement from general manager Dayton Moore, who said Skoglund "unknowingly made a mistake."

      "Unfortunately when something like this occurs I immediately think about how much work and dedication our medical staff does communicating to the players about the importance of being careful about what they put in their bodies," the statement read. "I'm appreciative that professional baseball players are tested more frequently than any professional athlete and we should all be thankful that testing is working.

      "Eric is a tremendous young man and he unknowingly made a mistake and he will have to accept his suspension, work hard and be ready to go after the suspension is served. We remain proud of who Eric is as a person and will support him as an organization."

      Kansas City drafted Skoglund in the third round in 2014. In two seasons with the Royals, Skoglund is 2-8 with a 6.03 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 88 innings.

      His salary last season was $545,000, according to Spotrac.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: D-Backs agree to terms with INF Flores
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Free agent infielder Wilmer Flores has agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, ESPN reported Wednesday.

    • The 27-year-old Flores agreed to a $4.25 million deal with a $6 million team option for 2020, according to ESPN.

      Flores must pass a physical for the deal to become official.

      Flores batted. 267 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs in 126 games with the New York Mets last season, when he made $3.4 million.

      He battled knee soreness for much of last season and saw most of his action in the field at first base (73 starts). He also started nine games at third base and six at second base.

      Flores batted .262 with 68 homers and 253 RBIs in 581 games over six seasons with the Mets. He had 16 or more homers three times, with a high of 18 in 2017.

      --Field Level Media

  • 'Prime Time' Sanders: Murray should choose baseball
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Speaking as one two-sport standout to another, Deion Sanders said he thinks Kyler Murray should choose baseball over the NFL.

    • "If I'm in his shoes, I'm picking up that baseball bat and I'm not looking back," Sanders told ESPN earlier this week.

      Known as "Prime Time" during his unique athletic career, Sanders was a six-time All-Pro cornerback and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also played parts of nine major league seasons with four teams and is the only athlete to compete in both a World Series and a Super Bowl.

      Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma, is leaving school early to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

      But he previously received a $4.66 million bonus after being drafted with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics as a shortstop and second baseman.

      "Sometimes, I still have regret that I didn't give [baseball] more," said Sanders, now an analyst with NFL Network. "But you know, I got a gold jacket in the closet. I'm straight. But I wish I would have given [baseball] more.

      "But for Kyler, that's tough at his position, and I don't think he realizes the ridicule you go through once you declare and say, 'I'm going to be a football player.' Now people start talking about your height, your size, what you can't do. He hasn't dealt with that yet."

      Whatever Murray decides, Sanders said he is excited to see what he can do.

      "I think he can do whatever he wants to do," Sanders said. "He's that type of athlete."

      --Field Level Media

  • Longtime Reds broadcaster Brennaman retiring after 2019
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman announced Wednesday that 2019 will be his 46th and final season as the voice of the Cincinnati Reds.

    • Brennaman, 76, has been calling Reds games since 1974 and is known for such taglines as "and this one belongs to the Reds" and "rounding third and heading for home."

      Highlights of his long career in the booth include calling three World Series clinchers by Cincinnati (1975, 1976 and 1990) as well as Hank Aaron's 714th home run, Tom Seaver's 1978 no-hitter and Tom Browning's 1988 perfect game.

      "To say that it's been an incredible ride -- that's what it's been. You folks have had a lot to do with it," an emotional Brennaman said on a video posted on the Reds' Twitter feed.

      "You've accepted me as one of your own many years ago back in 1974. I feel like I've had a love affair that's gone through four-and-a-half decades because you all have been so good to me. I felt like you needed to know from the man himself, and that's me, that nobody can love you as much as I do. I'm going to miss a lot of things, but you folks are going to be right there at the top of the list. Thank you very much."

      Brennaman received the Ford C. Frick Award in 2000, presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was inducted in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and has been named Ohio broadcaster of the year 17 times -- including earlier this week.

      Brennaman never was afraid to state his feelings, including controversial criticisms of such Cincinnati stars as Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn and Joey Votto.

      --Field Level Media

  • Machado's agent denies White Sox offered seven-year, $175M deal
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    Hours after ESPN's Buster Olney reported the Chicago White Sox offered Manny Machado a seven-year, $175 million deal, Machado's agent referred to the report as "inaccurate and reckless" on Wednesday.

    • Dan Lozano sharply criticized Olney and USA Today's Bob Nightengale for their reporting on Machado's free agency situation. Nightengale tweeted on Wednesday that the White Sox made the offer two weeks ago and see no reason to bid against themselves.

      "The truth is that their reports on the details of the White Sox level of interest in Manny are completely wrong," Lozano said in a statement.

      Lozano strongly asserted that violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement may have occurred.

      "I don't know if their sources are blatantly violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement by intentionally misleading them to try and affect negotiations through the public or are just flat out lying to them for other reasons," Lozano said.

      "I am well aware that the entire baseball universe; fans, players, teams and media members alike; are starved for information about this free agent market for all players, including Manny. "But I am not going to continue to watch the press be manipulated into tampering with, not just with my client, but all of these players' livelihoods as they have been doing this entire offseason."

      Machado and Bryce Harper are the two marquee players of the free agent class and both remain unsigned.

      Numerous reports claim the White Sox are among the pursuers of both players. The Philadelphia Phillies have also been mentioned as being interested in both players.

      But progress toward a deal has been glacier slow this offseason and Lozano sees it as part of the reason for inaccurate reporting.

      "The absence of new information to report is no excuse to fabricate "news" or regurgitate falsehoods without even attempting to confirm their validity and it is a disservice to baseball fans everywhere when the media does just that," Lozano said.

      Machado, who played his first six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles before a mid-July trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, had been reported to be seeking a contract in the 10-year, $300 million-plus range.

      Machado, who has played shortstop and third base in the majors, is a career .282 hitter with 175 home runs and 513 RBIs. He twice has been in the top five in Most Valuable Player voting.

      Last season, he hit .297 with a career-high-tying 37 home runs and career-high 107 RBIs combined between the Orioles and Dodgers. He also sported a .367 on-base percentage, above his .335 career average, and his .538 slugging percentage exceeded his career figure of .487.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maddon says Cubs won't sign Harper
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    It remains to be seen where coveted free agent Bryce Harper will wind up playing this season, but he apparently won't be a member of the Chicago Cubs.

    • A fan asked Cubs manager Joe Maddon during an appearance for the Union League Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday night if the team planned to sign the outfielder. According to ESPN, Maddon gave a succinct and clear response:

      "Not going to happen."

      The Cubs long had been thought to be a viable option for Harper once he hit free agency. For the Cubs, he'd represent a considerable outfield upgrade. For Harper, he'd be reunited with longtime friend Kris Bryant. The two were raised in Las Vegas and played together growing up.

      Chicago, however, has signaled that it doesn't intend to expand the payroll this winter. They traded pitcher Drew Smyly to save salary and have remained steadfast that they are going to build from within.

      "We feel as though all the ingredients are in the bowl already," Maddon said Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. "It's already there. To just go out and purchase guys because some kids had a tough year is probably not good form."

      A report over the weekend said the Philadelphia Phillies have emerged as the frontrunner for Harper, while the Washington Nationals hold out hope they can re-sign him. Given the Cubs' unwillingness to spend this offseason, it appears likely Maddon was not trying to fool other teams with his comments.

      Washington made Harper, now 26, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft. In seven seasons with the Nationals, Harper hit .279 with 184 home runs and 521 RBIs. He was the 2015 National League MVP and is a six-time All-Star.

      He is believed to be asking for a contract well in excess of $300 million.

      --Field Level Media

  • Anaheim approves lease extension for Angels
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    The Los Angeles Angels are scheduled to play in Angel Stadium through the 2020 season after the City of Anaheim approved an extension to the lease late Tuesday night.

    • Owner Arte Moreno exercised a one-year opt-out provision in October, casting doubt about the team's future in Anaheim. Relocating within Southern California or renovating Angel Stadium remain options down the line.

      City council approved the deal in a 5-2 vote, keeping the Angels in the only ballpark they've called home since 1966. Angel Stadium is the fourth-oldest home stadium in the major leagues.

      "It is clear to me that the team's priority is to stay in Anaheim," Mayor Harry Sidhu said in a statement. "We need a plan to make that happen, and we need time to make that happen. This will give us time to find a deal that benefits our residents, with a goal of keeping baseball in Anaheim for another 50 years or more."

      Moreno previously proposed $150 million in renovations, paid for without the use of taxpayer funds, but the previous mayor rejected the proposal. Within Moreno's plan was a stipulation that he could develop -- and pocket profits from -- the surrounding land while adding only $1 per year to the stadium lease.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox to visit White House on Feb. 15
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    The Boston Red Sox will be the next world champions to visit the White House, and there's no telling if the federal government shutdown will still be in effect when they arrive on Feb. 15. But clam chowder, Boston baked beans and lobster rolls better be on President Donald Trump's menu instead of fast food.

    • Team president Sam Kennedy told the Boston Globe on Tuesday, "We thought an earlier visit rather than waiting until later in the year made the most sense."

      The Red Sox are scheduled to travel from their spring training camp in Fort Myers, Fla., in a quick, one-day turnaround. They also likely will visit the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

      White the trip is not mandatory, Kennedy expects "a healthy representation of ownership, executives, coaches and players" to attend, even though Red Sox pitchers and catchers are set to report on Feb. 12, followed five days later by position players.

      Red Sox manager Alex Cora plans to attend, through he has been critical of Trump's comments on Twitter that disputed the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Cora's native Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria in 2017. Cora's family was on the island when the hurricane hit.

      "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths," Trump tweeted in September. "As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000."

      Cora led a Red Sox delegation that included Kennedy and players Chris Sale, Rick Porcello and Christian Vazquez to Puerto Rico in January 2018 to aid the victims, and he called Trump's comments "disrespectful."

      Clemson's national championship football team visited Trump at the White House on Monday, and the president said he ordered around 1,000 hamburgers in all from McDonalds, Wendy's and Burger King. The menu also included fries and pizza.

      "So I had a choice," Trump told the players. "Do we have no food for you, because we have a shutdown, or do we give you some little quick salads that the first lady will make, along with the second lady, they'll make some salads.

      "And I said, you guys aren't into salads. Or do I go out ... and send out for about 1,000 hamburgers. Big Macs. So we actually did that."

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Ex-pitcher Wetteland arrested on child sex abuse charge
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    Former All-Star pitcher John Wetteland was arrested Monday on a child sex abuse charge, multiple outlets are reporting, citing court records.

    • The former closer is accused of sexually abusing a child under the age of 14, according to the reports.

      The Bartonville Police Department had a warrant for Wetteland's arrest and the Denton County Sheriff's Office arrested Wetteland, who posted $25,000 bond and was released, according to reports.

      Wetteland, whose residence is listed in Trophy Club, Texas, retired after the 2000 season, having finished his career with the Texas Rangers, who inducted him into their team Hall of Fame in 2005.

      Wetteland, 52, amassed 330 saves over the course of his 12-year career that started with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also pitched for the Montreal Expos and the New York Yankees before moving on to Texas in 1997. Wetteland notched a career-high 43 saves three different years.

      He was a three-time All Star and finished sixth in Cy Young voting in 1999 with the Rangers.

      Wetteland coached baseball and taught Bible studies at Liberty Christian School, a private college prep school in Argyle, Texas, after retiring from baseball, but apparently has no connection to the school at this time, the Dallas Morning News reported.

      Wetteland did spend time as a bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners after his playing career ended.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Ex-Yankees pitcher Stottlemyre dies at 77
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 14, 2019

    Longtime New York Yankees pitcher and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre died Sunday in Seattle after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 77.

    • Multiple media outlets reported the news of his death Monday, when he received various tributes on social media. Stottlemyre's wife, Jean, told The New York Times that he died as a result of complications of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.

      Born in a small town in Washington, Stottlemyre was bound for the big city when Yankees scout Eddie Taylor discovered him at Yakima Valley Community College in Washington and signed him to a $400-per-month contract. He reached the big leagues in 1964, after a 13-3 season in Triple-A, when the Yankees were in a pennant race with a pitching staff plagued by injuries.

      He turned into the ace of the staff, and by the time he retired in 1974, he'd compiled 164-139 lifetime record in 360 games, starting all but four of them. Stottlemyre had a career ERA of 2.97 and threw more than 250 innings in nine of his 11 seasons with the Yankees. He was a three-time 20-game winner and a five-time All-Star selection.

      --The San Francisco Giants re-signed left-hander Derek Holland to a one-year contract with a club option for 2020, the team announced.

      The deal includes a $6.5 million salary for 2019 and a $7 million option for 2020, with a $500,000 buyout.

      Holland, 32, pitched a team-high 171 1/3 innings in his first season with the Giants in 2018. He was 7-9 with a 3.57 ERA and a team-leading 169 strikeouts in 36 games (30 starts).

      --The Minnesota Twins announced the signing of former Los Angeles Angels closer Blake Parker to a one-year contract. ESPN reported the value of the contract at $3.2 million.

      The 33-year-old right-hander appeared in 67 games for the Angels in 2018, posting a 3.26 ERA with 70 strikeouts, 19 walks and a team-high 14 saves in 17 opportunities.

      Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round in 2006, Parker owns a career 3.29 ERA in 229 relief appearances with the Cubs (2012-14), Seattle Mariners (2016), New York Yankees (2016) and Angels (2017-18).

      --Field Level Media

  • Twins ink ex-Angels closer Parker to 1-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 14, 2019

    The Minnesota Twins announced Monday the signing of former Los Angeles Angels closer Blake Parker to a one-year contract.

    • ESPN reported the value of the contract at $3.2 million.

      The 33-year-old right-hander appeared in 67 games for the Angels in 2018, posting a 3.26 ERA with 70 strikeouts, 19 walks and a team-high 14 saves in 17 opportunities.

      Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round in 2006, Parker owns a career 3.29 ERA in 229 relief appearances with the Cubs (2012-14), Seattle Mariners (2016), New York Yankees (2016) and Angels (2017-18).

      To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated right-hander John Curtiss for release or assignment.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Yankees pitcher, coach Stottlemyre dies at 77
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 14, 2019

    Longtime New York Yankees pitcher and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre died Sunday in Seattle after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 77.

    • Born in a small town in Washington, Stottlemyre was bound for the big city when Yankees scout Eddie Taylor discovered him at Yakima Valley Community College and signed him to a $400-per-month contract. He reached the big leagues in 1964, after a 13-3 season in Triple-A, when the Yankees were in a pennant race with a pitching staff plagued by injuries.

      He turned into the ace of the staff, and by the time he retired in 1974, he'd compiled 164-139 lifetime record in 360 games, starting all but four of them. He had a career ERA of 2.97 and threw more than 250 innings in nine of his 11 seasons with the Yankees.

      He was a three-time 20-game winner and a five-time All-Star selection.

      In 1977, he joined the Seattle Mariners organization as a roving pitching instructor, and before the 1984 season, the Mets hired him as pitching coach, where he worked with Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling and Sid Fernandez during his 10 seasons with the team.

      He never won a World Series as a player, but he was part of the 1986 Mets team that won the title.

      After two years with Houston, Stottlemyre joined new manager Joe Torre with the Yankees in 1996, where he led a pitching staff that helped the Yankees win four World Series in five years. He resigned after the 2005 season, agitated with owner George Steinbrenner.

      He worked despite being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2000 and underwent multiple treatments, which sent the cancer into remission. It recurred in 2011, and he continued to battle the blood-marrow cancer throughout his remaining years.

      On Oldtimers Day in 2015, a plaque honoring Stottlemyre was unveiled in Monument Park in Yankee Stadium.

      "Today in this stadium, there is no one that's happier to be on this field than myself," he said, choking up. "This is such a shock to me because the era I played in is an era where, for the most part, the Yankees have tried over the years, I think, somewhat to forget a little bit. ... If I never get to come to another Oldtimers Day, I will take these memories and I'll start another baseball club, coaching up there, whenever they need me."

      Stottlemyre is survived by his wife, Jean, and two sons, Todd and Mel Jr., both former major league pitchers. The couple's third son, Jason, died in 1981 of leukemia.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants re-sign LHP Holland to one-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 14, 2019

    The San Francisco Giants re-signed left-hander Derek Holland to a one-year contract with a club option for 2020, the team announced Monday.

    • The deal includes a $6.5 million salary for 2019 and a $7 million option for 2020, with a $500,000 buyout.

      Holland, 32, pitched a team-high 171 1/3 innings in his first season with the Giants in 2018. He was 7-9 with a 3.57 ERA and a team-leading 169 strikeouts in 36 games (30 starts).

      During a sizzling six-start stretch from Aug. 15 to Sept. 12, he posted a 1.59 ERA and held opponents to a .197 batting average.

      For the season, Holland held left-handed batters to the lowest slugging percentage (.189) of any pitcher in the majors.

      Holland owns a 76-73 career record and 4.44 ERA over 10 seasons with the Texas Rangers (2009-16), Chicago White Sox (2017) and Giants.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Machado has 8-year offer from White Sox
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 14, 2019

    Long rumored to be a strong suitor for free agent infielder Manny Machado, the Chicago White Sox have offered the four-time All-Star an eight-year contract, according to an ESPN report Sunday.

    • Citing league sources, the report added that one of Machado's other pursuers, the Philadelphia Phillies, would figure into the futures of Machado, as well as the other big-name free agent position player this off-season, outfielder Bryce Harper.

      Harper and Machado have both been connected to the Phillies.

      Machado, 26, who played his first six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles before a mid-July trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, is believed to be seeking a contract in the 10-year, $300 million-plus range. Many have questioned whether Chicago would offer a 10-year deal, but the eight-year offer demonstrates the White Sox's seriousness.

      Machado, who has played shortstop and third base in the majors, is a career .282 hitter with 175 home runs and 513 RBIs. He has twice been in the top five in Most Valuable Player voting, and finished ninth another season.

      Last season, he hit .297 with a career-high-tying 37 home runs and career-high 107 RBIs combined between the Orioles and Dodgers. He also sported a .367 on-base percentage, above his .335 career average, and his .538 slugging percentage exceeded his career figure of .487.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: A's negotiate with Murray, can offer majors deal
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 13, 2019

    Oakland Athletics executives and others met Sunday with Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray to negotiate with hopes of persuading him to play professional baseball, according to multiple reports.

    • ESPN reports the Athletics are permitted to sign Murray to a major league deal with significant guaranteed money, despite MLB rules that prevent players from signing major league contracts out of the draft. Per the report, such a deal would be allowed because of how the circumstances of Murray's baseball career have changed since he was drafted ninth overall by the A's in June.

      Murray signed a minor league deal including a $4.66 million signing bonus after being drafted by Oakland, but his stellar 2018 season as a quarterback at Oklahoma thrust him into contention to be a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Now the A's -- and MLB -- are working to keep him from ditching baseball for the NFL.

      WFAA-TV in Dallas reports Murray would like a $15 million contract to commit to baseball.

      It's unclear what the Athletics are willing to offer. USA Today reported A's president Billy Beane led the contingent to meet with Murray, while ESPN added the group included an MLB marketing executive.

      The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the A's expect Murray to declare for the NFL draft before Monday's deadline for underclassmen to declare.

      Such a declaration would not prevent Murray from later agreeing to a deal and to commit to the A's. The deadline for Murray's decision between the two sports could come in February, as A's position players report for spring training Feb. 15, while the NFL combine is in late February.

      ESPN reports that if Murray does sign a major league deal, he would still likely begin his baseball career at High-A Stockton. The report adds that the A's plan to promote Murray aggressively, but he would need to join the team full-time by 2022 at the latest, based on his contract.

      --Field Level Media

  • Padres' Myers moving from 3B back to OF
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 12, 2019

    Wil Myers says he is moving back to the outfield for the San Diego Padres this season.

    • Myers, who started 36 games at third base in August and September, called it a mutual decision reached with general manager A.J. Preller and manager Andy Green.

      "It was more of a group decision," Myers said at San Diego's FanFest event on Saturday. "I did tell them I want to do what's best for the team going forward. Obviously, I want to win and whatever we can do to do that, I'm down for. ... I feel like both sides are happy."

      Myers made six errors in 91 chances at the hot corner in 2018, posting a .934 fielding percentage at third.

      Myers, 28, also started 30 games in left field, nine games in right field and two at first base last season.

      The 2013 National League Rookie of the Year and a 2016 All-Star, Myers batted .253 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 83 games in 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blue Jays sign RHP Phelps to 1-year, $2.5M deal
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 12, 2019

    The Toronto Blue Jays have signed right-hander David Phelps to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with a club option for the 2020 season, the team announced Saturday.

    • Phelps, 32, missed the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 26.

      The reliever was 4-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 55 2/3 innings with the Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners in 2017.

      In six seasons, Phelps has a 30-33 record with a 3.89 ERA and 520 strikeouts in 553 2/3 innings. He played with the New York Yankees (2012-14) before joining the Marlins in 2015.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Arenado, Rockies expected to reach deal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 11, 2019

    Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who is reportedly requesting $30 million in arbitration, didn't reach an agreement with the club on Friday, but there remains a possibility the two sides can avoid an arbitration hearing, ESPN reported.

    • The Rockies are offering $24 million, and ESPN reported the sides likely will settle in the $27 million range, above the $23 million that Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays settled on last year.

      A four-time All-Star, Arenado made $17.75 million last season. He led the National League with 38 homers in 2018 and batted .297 with 110 RBIs.

      Among the other players who didn't agree to deals on Friday are right-hander Gerrit Cole and shortstop Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros. Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola, New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino and Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer also remained without contracts.

      --Star outfielder Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $20 million deal to avoid salary arbitration, according to multiple reports.

      Betts earned $10.5 million in 2018, according to Spotrac. Betts, 26, was the 2018 American League MVP and led the major leagues with a .346 batting average and a .640 slugging percentage. He had 32 home runs, 80 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.

      He is a three-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner. Betts and the team will face arbitration in 2020 if they do not reach a long-term contract agreement.

      --Free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal with the New York Yankees, according to multiple reports.

      LeMahieu, 30, batted .276 with 15 homers and 62 RBIs last season for the Colorado Rockies. The 15 homers were a career best.

      LeMahieu won the National League batting title with a .348 average in 2016. He was a two-time All-Star and won three Gold Gloves during seven seasons with the Rockies.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired catcher Russell Martin from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a pair of minor-leaguers.

      The Blue Jays sent Martin, who turns 36 next month, and cash to the Dodgers for right-hander Andrew Sopko and infielder Ronny Brito.

      Canada's Sportsnet estimated the Blue Jays will send the Dodgers $16 million to $18 million to defray the $20 million Martin is owed in 2019. A four-time All-Star, Martin signed a five-year, $82 million deal with the Blue Jays in November 2014.

      --National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets agreed to a one-year, $17 million contract to avoid salary arbitration.

      The 30-year-old deGrom went 10-9 with a microscopic 1.70 ERA in 32 starts last season. He struck out a career-best 269 in 217 innings while making $7.4 million. The right-hander also made history by winning the Cy Young Award with the fewest number of victories.

      Rotation mate Noah Syndergaard also reached a deal, agreeing to a one-year, $6 million contract. The right-handed Syndergaard, 26, went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 25 starts last season while making $2,975,000.

      --Major league home run leader Khris Davis and the Oakland Athletics avoided arbitration when the slugger agreed to a one-year, $16.5 million deal, according to multiple reports.

      Davis established career highs with 48 homers and 123 RBIs last season while making $10.5 million. His RBI total ranked second in the majors.

      --The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration by reaching a one-year deal with left-hander Robbie Ray.

      According to reports, Ray will receive $6.05 million this season. He went 6-2 in 24 starts last season with a 3.93 ERA and 165 strikeouts over 123 2/3 innings pitched.

      Ray, 27, was a National League All-Star in 2017 when he went 15-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 28 starts.

      --Infielder Alex Bregman should be ready for Opening Day after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, the Houston Astros announced.

      Bregman, 24, had the surgery to remove loose bodies from the elbow and is expected to be limited at spring training.

      Playing primarily at third base, Bregman enjoyed a career year in 2018, hitting .286 with 31 home runs, 51 doubles, 105 runs and 103 RBIs. He also earned his first All-Star Game nod and took home MVP honors after hitting the game-winning home run.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rockies' Arenado heads toward hefty contract
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 11, 2019

    Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado didn't reach an agreement with the club on Friday but there remains a possibility the two sides can avoid an arbitration hearing, ESPN reported.

    • Arenado, 27, is reportedly requesting $30 million in arbitration, with the Rockies countering at $24 million. ESPN reported the two sides will likely settle in the $27 million range.

      Either way, Arenado is set to exceed the $23 million that Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays settled on last year.

      Arenado, a four-time All-Star, made $17.75 million last season. He led the National League with 38 homers in 2018 and batted .297 with 110 RBIs.

      Among other players who didn't agree to deals on Friday include right-hander Gerrit Cole and shortstop Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros. Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola, New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino and Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer also remained without deals.

      The 28-year-old Cole went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 32 starts, while the 24-year-old Correa batted just .239 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs in 110 games.

      The 25-year-old Nola went 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA in 33 starts and finished third in the National League Cy Young balloting. Severino, 24, went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 32 starts, and the 27-year-old Bauer went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA in 28 appearances (27 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Roundup: Betts, deGrom head busy day of signings
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 11, 2019

    A look at players who avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to contract terms on Friday:

    • Arizona Diamondbacks: LHPs Robbie Ray ($6.05 million) and Andrew Chafin ($1.945 million), RHP Taijuan Walker ($5.025 million), 3B Jake Lamb ($4.825 million) and OF Steven Souza Jr. ($4.125 million) agreed to one-year deals. Ray, 27, made $3.95 million last season when he went 6-2 with a 3.93 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 24 starts; the 28-year-old Chafin received an $800,000 raise after going 1-6 with a 3.10 ERA in 77 games; the 26-year-old Walker pitched in just three games before undergoing Tommy John surgery; Lamb, 28, batted .222 with six homers and 31 RBIs in 56 games; and 29-year-old Souza hit .220 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 72 games.

      Atlanta Braves: RHPs Kevin Gausman ($9.35 million), Mike Foltynewicz ($5.475 million), Arodys Vizcaino ($4.8 million), Dan Winkler ($1.61 million) and LHP Sam Freeman ($1.575 million), INF Charlie Culberson ($1.395 million) and OF Adam Duvall ($2.875 million) agree to one-year deals. Gausman, 28, went 10-11 with a 3.92 ERA in 31 starts; Foltynewicz, 27, went 13-10 with a 2.85 ERA in 31 starts; Vizcaino, 28, went 2-2 with a 2.11 ERA and 16 saves in 39 appearances; the 28-year-old Winkler went 4-0 with a 3.43 ERA in 69 appearances; Freeman, 31, went 3-5 with a 4.29 ERA in 63 appearances; Culberson, 29, batted .270 with 12 homers and 45 RBIs in 113 games; and 30-year-old Duvall batted .195 with 15 homers and 61 RBs in 138 games with the Cincinnati Reds and Braves.

      Boston Red Sox: OF Mookie Betts agreed to a one-year, $20 million deal after earning $10.5 million in 2018. Betts, 26, was the 2018 American League MVP and led the major leagues with a .346 batting average and also had 32 home runs, 80 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. RHP Steven Wright ($1,375,000) received a raise of $275,000 after the 34-year-old went 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 20 appearances (four starts).

      Chicago Cubs: 3B Kris Bryant ($12.9 million), RHP Kyle Hendricks ($7.405 million), 2B Javier Baez ($5.2 million), SS Addison Russell ($3.4 million), OF Kyle Schwarber ($3.39 million), LHP Mike Montgomery ($2.44 million) and RHP Carl Edwards Jr. ($1.5 million) reached one-year deals. Bryant, 27, batted .272 with 13 homers and 52 RBI in 102 games; Hendricks, 29, was 14-11 with a 3.44 ERA in 33 starts while making $4.175 million; the 26-year-old Baez finished second in the National League MVP balloting after batting .290 with 34 homers and 111 RBIs in 160 games; Russell, 24, is currently suspended after a domestic-violence incident and batted .250 with five homers and 38 RBIs in 130 games; Schwarber, 25, batted .238 with 26 homers and 61 RBIs in 137 games while making $604,500; Montgomery, 29, went 5-6 with a 3.99 ERA in 38 appearances (19 starts); and Edwards, 27, went 3-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 58 appearances.

      Chicago White Sox: RHP Alex Colome ($7.325 million) agreed to a one-year deal. Colome went 7-5 with 12 saves and a 3.04 ERA in 70 appearances.

      Cincinnati Reds: 2B Scooter Gennett ($9.775 million), OF Yasiel Puig ($9.7 million), RHPs Tanner Roark ($10 million), Anthony DeSclafani ($2.125 million) and Michael Lorenzen ($1.975 million) and SS Jose Peraza ($2.775 million) agreed to one-year deals. Gennett, 28, batted .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs in 154 games; the 28-year-old Puig hit .267 with 23 homers and 63 RBIs in 125 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers before being traded; Roark, 32, went 9-15 with a 4.34 ERA in 31 games (30 starts) for the Washington Nationals; 28-year-old DeSclafani went 7-8 with a 4.93 ERA in 21 starts; Lorenzen, 27, went 4-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 45 appearances (three starts); and 24-year-old Peraza batted .288 with 14 homers and 58 RBIs in 157 games.

      Cleveland Indians: Star SS Francisco Lindor agreed to a one-year $10.55 million deal. The 25-year-old Lindor batted .277 with 38 homers and 92 RBIs in 155 games.

      Colorado Rockies: SS Trevor Story ($5 million), RHPs Chad Bettis ($3.325 million) and Scott Oberg ($1.3 million) agreed to one-year deals. The 26-year-old Story, who batted .291 with 37 homers and 108 RBIs in 157 games, reached his agreement after the deadline; Bettis, 29, went 5-2 with a 5.01 ERA in 27 appearances (20 starts) while Oberg, 28, went 8-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 56 appearances last season.

      Detroit Tigers: LHPs Matthew Boyd ($2.6 million), Blaine Hardy (unknown) and Daniel Norris ($1.275 million) agreed to one-year deals. Boyd, 27, went 9-13 with a 4.39 ERA in 31 starts; Hardy went 4-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 30 appearances (13 starts); and Norris, 25, went 0-5 with a 5.68 ERA in 11 games (eight starts).

      Houston Astros: RHPs Will Harris ($4.225 million) and Lance McCullers ($4.1 million) agreed to one-year deals. The 34-year-old Harris went 5-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 61 appearances. The 25-year-old McCullers went 10-6 with a 3.86 ERA in 25 appearances (22 starts) before undergoing Tommy John surgery, and he will miss the entire 2019 season.

      Los Angeles Angels: LHPs Tyler Skaggs ($3.7 million) and Andrew Heaney ($3.4 million) and RHPs JC Ramirez ($1,901,000) and Nick Tropeano ($1,075,000) agreed to one-year deals. Skaggs, 27, went 8-10 with a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts; Heaney, 27, went 9-10 with a 4.15 ERA in 30 starts; Ramirez, 30, made $1.9 million last season when he had his season cut short after two starts and underwent Tommy John surgery; and 28-year-old Tropeano was 5-6 with a 4.74 ERA in 14 starts.

      Miami Marlins: C J.T. Realmuto ($5.9 million) and RHPs Dan Straily ($5 million) and Jose Urena ($3.2 million) agreed to one-year deals. Realmuto, 27, batted .277 with 21 homers and 74 RBIs in 125 games, Straily went 5-6 with a 4.12 ERA in 23 starts and 27-year-old Urena went 9-12 with a 3.98 ERA in 31 starts.

      Milwaukee Brewers: RHP Corey Knebel ($5.125 million) and 3B Travis Shaw ($4.675 million) agreed to one-year deals. Knebel, 27, went 4-3 with 16 saves and a 3.58 ERA in 57 appearances, while 28-year-old Shaw batted .241 with 32 homers and 86 RBIs in 152 games.

      Minnesota Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi ($9.5 million), OF Max Kepler ($3.125) and 3B Miguel Sano ($2.65 million) agreed to one-year deals. The 28-year-old Odorizzi went 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA in 32 starts; Kepler, 25, batted .224 with 20 homers and 58 RBIs in 156 games; and Sano, 25, hit .199 with 13 homers and 41 RBIs in 71 games.

      New York Mets: National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom agreed to a one-year, $17 million contract. The 30-year-old deGrom went 10-9 with a microscopic 1.70 ERA in 32 starts last season while making $7.4 million. Fellow RHP Noah Syndergaard also reached a deal, agreeing to a one-year, $6 million contract. Syndergaard, 26, went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 25 starts while making $2.975 million.

      New York Yankees: RHP Dellin Betances ($7.25 million), OF Aaron Hicks ($6 million) and 1B Greg Bird ($1.2 million) agreed to one-year deals. The 30-year-old Betances went 4-6 with a 2.70 ERA in 66 appearances; Hicks, 29, batted .248 with 27 homers and 79 RBIs in 137 games; while Bird, 26, batted .199 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 82 games.

      Oakland Athletics: Major league home run leader Khris Davis avoided arbitration when the slugger agreed to a one-year, $16.5 million deal. Davis established career highs with 48 homers and 123 RBIs last season while making $10.5 million. Four other Athletics agreed to terms: outfielder Mark Canha ($2.05 million), left-hander Sean Manaea (unknown), second baseman Jurickson Profar ($3.6 million) and shortstop Marcus Semien ($5.9 million). Canha, 29, batted .249 with a career-best 17 homers to go with 52 RBIs in 122 games; Manaea, 26, went 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 27 starts before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury; Profar, 25, agreed to make $3.6 million after he batted .254 with 20 homers and 77 RBIs in 146 games for the Texas Rangers in 2018; and Semien, 28, will make $5.9 million, nearly double the $3.125 million he made in 2018 when he hit .255 with 15 homers and 70 RBIs in 159 games.

      Philadelphia Phillies: 2B Cesar Hernandez ($7.75 million), 3B Maikel Franco ($5.2 million), OF Aaron Altherr ($1.35 million), RHPs Vince Velasquez ($2.249 million), Hector Neris ($1.8 million), Jerad Eickhoff ($975,000) and LHPs Jose Alvarez ($1.925 million) and Adam Morgan ($1.1 million) agreed to one-year deals. Hernandez, 28, batted .253 with 15 homers and 60 RBIs in 161 games; Franco, 26, batted .270 with 22 homers and 68 RBIs in 131 games; the 27-year-old Altherr hit .181 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 105 games; the 26-year-old Velasquez went 9-12 with a 4.85 ERA in 31 appearances (30 starts); the 29-year-old Neris went 1-3 with a 5.10 ERA in 53 appearances; the 28-year-old Eickhoff made just three appearances due to injuries; the 29-year-old Alvarez went 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 76 appearances; and 28-year-old Morgan went 0-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 67 appearances.

      Pittsburgh Pirates: OF Corey Dickerson ($8.5 million) and RHPs Keone Kela ($3.175 million) and Michael Feliz ($850,000) agreed to one-year deals. The 29-year-old Dickerson batted .300 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs in 135 games; the 25-year-old Kela went 3-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 24 saves in 54 relief appearances with the Texas Rangers and Pirates; and Feliz, 25, went 1-2 with a 5.66 ERA in 47 appearances.

      St. Louis Cardinals: OF Marcell Ozuna (unknown) and RHPs Michael Wacha ($6.35 million) and Dominic Leone (unknown) agreed to one-year deals. Ozuna, 28, batted .280 with 23 homers and 88 RBIs; Wacha, 27, went 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 starts; and Leone, 27, was 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 29 appearances.

      San Diego Padres: OF Travis Jankowski agreed to a one-year, $1,165,000 contract. Jankowski, 27, batted .259 with four homers, 17 RBIs and 24 steals last season.

      San Francisco Giants: LHP Will Smith ($4.225 million) agreed to a one-year deal. Smith, 29, went 2-3 with 14 saves and a 2.55 ERA in 54 appearances.

      Seattle Mariners: LHP Roenis Elias (unknown) and outfielder Domingo Santana ($1.95 million) agreed to one-year deals. Elias, 30, went 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA in 23 appearances (four starts), and the 26-year-old Santana batted .265 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 85 games for the Milwaukee Brewers last season.

      Tampa Bay Rays: C Mike Zunino ($4.413 million), 3B Mike Duffy ($2.675 million) and RHP Chaz Roe ($1.275 million) agreed to one-year deals. Zunino, 27, batted .201 with 20 homers and 44 RBIs in 113 games with the Seattle Mariners; Duffy, 27, batted .294 with four homers and 44 RBIs in 132 games; and 32-year-old Roe went 1-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 61 appearances.

      Texas Rangers: OFs Nomar Mazara ($3.3 million) and Delino DeShields ($1.4 million) agreed to one-year deals. Mazara, 23, batted .258 with 20 homers and 77 RBIs in 128 games, while DeShields, 26, hit .216 with two homers, 22 RBIs and 20 steals in 106 games.

      Toronto Blue Jays: RHPs Marcus Stroman ($7.4 million) and Ken Giles ($6.3 million) agreed to one-year deals. Stroman, 27, went 4-9 with a 5.54 ERA in 19 starts, and 28-year-old Giles went 0-3 with 26 saves and a 4.65 ERA in 55 appearances.

      Washington Nationals: SS Trea Turner ($3.725 million) agreed to a one-year deal. Turner, 25, batted .271 with 19 homers, 73 RBIs and 43 steals while playing all 162 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets, deGrom agree to one-year, $17M deal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 11, 2019

    National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets agreed to a one-year, $17 million contract on Friday to avoid salary arbitration.

    • The 30-year-old deGrom went 10-9 with a microscopic 1.70 ERA in 32 starts last season. He struck out a career-best 269 in 217 innings while making $7.4 million.

      The right-hander also made history by winning the Cy Young Award with the fewest number of victories.

      The two-time All-Star is 55-41 with 2.67 ERA in 139 starts over five seasons with the Mets.

      Rotation mate Noah Syndergaard also reached a deal, agreeing to a one-year, $6 million contract.

      The right-handed Syndergaard, 26, went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 25 starts last season while making $2.975 million.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blue Jays trade C Martin to Dodgers
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 11, 2019

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired catcher Russell Martin from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers, the Dodgers announced Friday.

    • The Blue Jays are sending Martin and cash to the Dodgers for RHP Andrew Sopko and infielder Ronny Brito.

      Canada's Sportsnet estimated the Blue Jays will send the Dodgers $16 million to $18 million to defray the $20 million Martin is owed in 2019. He signed a five-year, $82 million deal with the Blue Jays in November 2014.

      Martin, who turns 36 next month, appeared in 90 games with the Blue Jays last season. He hit .194 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs.

      In 13 seasons, he has a .249 career batting average with 185 home runs and 751 RBIs in 1,610 games. He has thrown out 31 percent of runners attempting to steal.

      A four-time All-Star, Martin began his career with the Dodgers (2006-10), then played two years each with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates before signing with the Blue Jays.

      The Dodgers were in need of a second catcher to join Austin Barnes after Yasmani Grandal signed a free-agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

      Brito, who will turn 20 in March, ranked 23rd among Dodgers prospects, according to MLB Pipeline. In rookie ball last season, he hit .295 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs.

      Sopko, 24, divided last season between High-A and Double-A teams. He had a combined 6-5 record and a 3.52 ERA in 117 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out 121 batters and walked 27.

      --Field Level Media

  • Davis agrees to one-year, $16.5M deal with A's
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 11, 2019

    Major league home run leader Khris Davis and the Oakland Athletics avoided arbitration on Friday when the slugger agreed to a one-year, $16.5 million deal, according to multiple reports.

    • Davis established career highs with 48 homers and 123 RBIs last season while making $10.5 million. His RBI total ranked second in the majors.

      Davis has three straight seasons of at least 40 homers and 100 RBIs. He leads the majors with 133 homers during the stretch and ranks second with 335 RBI.

      Four other Athletics agreed to terms: outfielder Mark Canha, left-hander Sean Manaea, second baseman Jurickson Profar and shortstop Marcus Semien.

      Canha, 29, batted .249 with a career-best 17 homers to go with 52 RBIs in 122 games. He reportedly agreed to $2.05 million after making $547,500 last season.

      Manaea, 26, went 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 27 starts before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury and his 2019 salary wasn't immediately known. He tossed a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox on April 21 and made $550,000 last season.

      Profar, 25, agreed to make $3.6 million after he batted .254 with 20 homers and 77 RBIs in 146 games for the Texas Rangers in 2018. He made $1.05 million last season and was acquired by the Athletics in December.

      Semien, 28, will make $5.9 million, nearly double the $3.125 million he made in 2018. He hit .255 with 15 homers and 70 RBIs in 159 games and set career highs for runs (89), hits (161) and steals (14).

      --Field Level Media

  • Diamondbacks avoid arbitration, reach deals with Ray, Chafin
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 11, 2019

    The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration by reaching one-year deals with left-hander Robbie Ray and southpaw reliever Andrew Chafin, the team announced on Friday.

    • According to reports, Ray receives $6.05 million for next season and Chafin signed a deal worth $1.945 million.

      Ray, 27, went 6-2 in 24 starts last season with a 3.93 ERA and 165 strikeouts over 123 2/3 innings pitched.

      Ray made $3.95 million last season, his fourth with the Diamondbacks.

      He was a National League All-Star in 2017 when he went 15-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 28 starts.

      Chafin, 28, appeared in 77 games for the Diamondbacks last season, posting a 3.10 ERA over 49 1/3 innings and striking out 53 batters. He had a 1-6 record.

      His salary represents an $800,000 raise over 2018.

      Arizona also reached a one-year deal with catcher John Ryan Murphy on Thursday.

      --Field Level Media