Top players reach deals before arbitration deadline

Donaldson gets record $23M; Machado, Blackmon, Bryant also sign

January 12th, 2018

Major League Baseball's arbitration deadline passed at 1 p.m. ET today. Teams and their arbitration-eligible players now need to exchange proposed salaries for the 2018 season in preparation for a potential hearing, in which a panel of arbitrators decides between the two figures.

But most scheduled hearings will never happen, as players and their teams can continue negotiating and often settle on one-year contracts prior to sitting down in front of the arbitrators. Several big names have already reached deals and avoided arbitration, including Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, Cubs third baseman , Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon and Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, who agreed today to a one-year, $23 million deal, a record settlement involving an arbitration-eligible player.

Generally, players gain arbitration eligibility after logging three years of Major League service. They then go through the process until signing a long-term deal or reaching free agency after six years of service. A select group of Super Two players, who meet certain criteria, gain eligibility after two-plus years of service and then have arbitration rights for four years instead of the usual three.

As the settlements come in, MLB.com is tracking the players who avoid arbitration. All contracts are for one year unless otherwise noted. Some of these deals are based on sources or reports and have not been confirmed by the clubs. Click through on the "More" links for details.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Angels

• RHP : $7.3 million

• RHP : $4.125

• C (final year): $3.9 million

• RHP (first year): $1.8 million

• LHP (Super Two): $800,000

• RHP (final year): $1.45 million

• 1B C.J. Cron (first year): $2.3 million

• LHP (first year); $1.875 million More >

Remaining eligibles:, , JC Ramirez

Astros

• OF (first year): $1.9 million

• C Evan Gattis (final year): Amount undisclosed

• LHP (final year): Amount undisclosed

• RHP (Super Two): Amount undisclosed

• RHP Brad Peacock (first year): Amount undisclosed More >

Remaining eligibles: , ,

Athletics

• OF (second year): $10.5 million

• RHP Chris Hatcher (second year): $2.15 million

• RHP (second year): Undisclosed amount

• C Josh Phegley (first year): Undisclosed amount

• SS (first year): Undisclosed amount

• OF Jake Smolinski (first year): $750,000

• RHP (first year): Undisclosed amount More >

Remaining eligibles: 

Blue Jays

• OF (second year): $1.9 million

• 3B Josh Donaldson (last year): $23 million

• LHP (final year): $1.8125 million

• OF (first year): $3.25 million

• RHP (first year): $2.7 million

• 2B   (first year): $1.45 million More >

Remaining eligibles:,

Indians

• RHP (final year): $10.575 million

• OF (last year): $5.5875 million

• RHP Zach McAllister (final year): $2.45 million

• RHP (first year): $5 million More >

Remaining eligibles:

Mariners

• C Mike Zunino (first year): $2.975 million

• LHP (first year): $4.9 million

• RHP (final year): $5.55 million

• RHP (second year): Undisclosed amount

• RHP Nick Vincent (second year): Undisclosed amount More >

Remaining eligibles: None

Orioles

• C : Undisclosed

• SS : Undisclosed

• RHP: (final year): $5.165 million

• LHP Zach Britton (final year): $12 million

• 3B Manny Machado (final year): $16 million More >

Remaining eligibles:,

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Rangers

• LHP Jake Diekman (final year): $2.712 million

• RHP  (Super Two): $1.2 million

• OF (Super Two): $870,000

• INF (first year): $1.05 million More >

Remaining eligibles: None

Rays

• RHP Alex Colome (first year): Undisclosed amount

• INF Brad Miller (second year): Undisclosed amount

• OF-DH Corey Dickerson (second year): Undisclosed amount

• OF Steven Souza Jr. (first year): Undisclosed amount

• LHP Dan Jennings (second year): Undisclosed amount

• C (first year): Undisclosed amount

• INF (first year): Undisclosed amount More >

Remaining eligibles:, Jake Odorizzi

Red Sox

• OF (first year): $6.1 million

• SS (second year): $7.05 million

• INF (second year): $2.25 million

• RHP Joe Kelly (final year): $3.825 million

• C (first year): $1.95 million

• LHP (final year): $8.5 million

• LHP (Super Two): $2.375 million

• RHP (first year): $850,000

• RHP (second year): $2.05 million

• C (first year): $1.45 million

• RHP (first year): $835,000

• RHP (first year): $1.1 million More >

Remaining eligibles:

Royals

• RHP Nate Karns (first year): $1.375 million

• RHP (last year): $7.9375 million More >

Remaining eligible:

Tigers

• 3B (second year): Undisclosed amount

• RHP (first year): $1.95 million

• LHP (first year): $795,000

• C (first year): $2.375 million

• RHP Alex Wilson (first year): $1.925 million More >

Remaining eligibles:

Twins

• SS (first year): $1 million

• IF (final year): $4.85 million

• OF Robbie Grossman (first year): $2 million

• RHP (first year): $650,000

• RHP (second year): $1.6 million More >

Remaining eligibles:,

White Sox

• 1B (second year): $13 million

• LHP : $2.45 million

• LHP : $2.3 million

• INF : $1.175 million

• RHP Danny Farquhar (first year): $1.05 million More >

Remaining eligibles:,

Yankees

• RHP (second year): $5.1 million

• RHP (second year): $6.5 million

• SS Didi Gregorius (second year): $8.25 million

• OF (second year): $2.825 million

• RHP Tommy Kahnle (first year): $1.3125 million

• C (second year): $1.1 million

• RHP (last year): $3.325 million More >

Remaining eligibles:,

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Braves

• LHP Sam Freeman (first year): $1.075 million

• RHP (second year): $3.4 million

• RHP Dan Winkler (first year): $610,000 More >

Remaining eligibles:Mike Foltynewicz

Brewers

• C (second year): $3.065 million

• RHP (second year): $1.75 million

• RHP (Super Two): $3.65 million

• RHP Jimmy Nelson (first year): $3.7 million

• INF (first year): Undisclosed amount

• INF (first year): Undisclosed amount More >

Remaining eligibles: None

Cardinals

• OF (first year): $2.6 million

• LHP (first year): Undisclosed amount

• OF (second year): Undisclosed amount

• RHP (second year): Undisclosed amount More >

Remaining eligibles: None

Cubs

• 3B (first year): $10.85 million

• RHP (first year): $4.175 million

• INF (first year): $950,000

• SS (Super Two): $3.2 million

• LHP (last year): $4.25 million More >

Remaining eligibles:

D-backs

• Nick Ahmed: Undiclosed

• Chris Owings: Undisclosed

• OF A.J. Pollock: $7.75 million

: Undisclosed

• RHP : $4.825 million

• LHP Robbie Ray: $3.95 million

• RHP Brad Boxberger: $1.85 million

• C Chris Herrmann: $1.3 million

• RHP (final year): Undisclosed amount

• LHP : $7.5 million

• LHP (first year): Undisclosed amount

• IF (first year): Undisclosed amount More >

Remaining eligibles:

Dodgers

• LHP Alex Wood: $6 million

• LHP Tony Cingrani: $2.3 million

• RHP Josh Fields: $2.2 million

• OF : Undisclosed

• OF : $1.6 million

• C (final year): $7.9 million

• RHP (first year): $1.5 million More >

Remaining eligible: None

Giants

• RHP Sam Dyson (first year): Undisclosed amount

• RHP (second year): Undisclosed amount

• 2B Joe Panik (first year): Undisclosed amount

• LHP Will Smith (second year): Undisclosed amount

• RHP (Super Two): Undisclosed amount More >

Remaining eligibles: None

Marlins

• 3B (first year): Undisclosed amount

• SS (first year): $1.18 million More >

Remaining eligibles:J.T. Realmuto, , Dan Straily

Mets

• RHP Matt Harvey (last year): $5.625 million

• IF (second year): $3.4 million

• C (second year): $3.475 million

• RHP (first year): $7.252 million

• RHP (Super Two): $900,000

• RHP (Super Two): $2.975 million More >

Remaining eligibles:, Zack Wheeler, AJ Ramos

Nationals

• 3B (second year): Amount undisclosed

• RHP (second year): $6.475 million More >

• OF Michael A. Taylor (first year): Amount undisclosed More >

Remaining eligibles: None

Padres

• RHP (second year): $1.06 million

• LHP Robbie Erlin (first year): $650,000

• SS (final year): $6.825 million

• INF (first year): Undisclosed amount

• OF (Super Two): Undisclosed amount

• RHP (first year): Undisclosed amount More >

Remaining eligibles:Brad Hand

Phillies

• RHP (first year): $1.2 million

• 3B (Super Two): $2.95 million

• 2B (first year): $5.1 million

• C (first year): $2.05 million

Remaining eligibles: None

Pirates

• RHP (second year): $6.75 million

• RHP (second year) : $2.725 million

• SS (final year): $6.75 million More >

Remaining eligibles: 

Reds

• OF (second year): Undisclosed amount

• RHP (first year): Undisclosed amount

• RHP (first year): Undisclosed amount More >

Remaining eligibles:Scooter Gennett,

Rockies

• RHP : $2 million

• 2B DJ LeMahieu: $8.5 million

• LHP Chris Rusin (first year): $1.2875 million

• OF Charlie Blackmon (last year): $14 million More >

Remaining eligible: