Players such as Aaron Judge, Austin Riley and Josh Donaldson are among the first players to be awarded their arbitration salaries in 2018. Here is a list of top 30 highest-paid MLB players for this year.
Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees’ right fielder and home run leader, is among those who will be going to arbitration this offseason. The Yankees have filed for $18 million while the Braves have asked for $3.2 million.
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA (AP) — Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and five members of the World Series champion Atlanta Braves are among 31 players who will face salary arbitration hearings during the regular season after failing to reach an agreement with their clubs and exchanging data.
After the World Series, Judge will be a free agent, and both he and the organization have said that they want to talk about a long-term contract to retain him in the Bronx. Judge has requested $21 million from the Yankees, while the latter has offered $17 million, up from $10,175,000 last season.
Meanwhile, third baseman Austin Riley, shortstop Dansby Swanson, outfielder Adam Duvall, and pitchers Max Fried and Luke Jackson may face potentially difficult hearings under Atlanta general manager Alex Anthopoulos. When popular slugger Freddie Freeman departed for the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agency after Anthopoulos dealt for Matt Olson from Oakland, the Atlanta clubhouse was “rattled,” Anthopoulos told The Athletic on Tuesday.
Riley has requested $4.2 million and has been offered $3.95 million, while Swanson has requested $10 million and has been offered $9.2 million by the club. Duvall requested $10,275,000 as opposed to $9,275,000, Fried $6.85 million as opposed to $6.6 million, and Jackson $4 million as opposed to $3.6 million.
ace pitcher for the White Sox Lucas Giolito requested $7.5 million but was given $7.3 million, while Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is seeking $10.25 million despite a $9 million offer. Harrison Bader ($4.8 million vs. $3.8 million) and Tyler O’Neill ($4.15 million vs. $3.4 million) are the two crucial players for St. Louis who have yet to sign contracts.
Arbitration-eligible players who were unable to reach an agreement with their teams will have their cases heard by three-person panels via video conference after the start of the regular season, a scheduling oddity necessitated by baseball’s 99-day lockout that delayed the start of spring training and the regular season.
The deadline for swapping arbitration numbers has been pushed out from mid-January to Tuesday. Hearings, which typically take place in February, have yet to be scheduled. Teams and players have the option to continue negotiating and reach an agreement at any moment.
If clubs and players cannot agree on a pay before the start of the season, the player will be paid at the club’s suggested rate, with the salary being modified retrospectively if required.
Trea Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year contract for $21 million. Turner, who was acquired from Washington in July, batted.328 with 28 home runs and 32 stolen bases last season. After this season, he will be a free agent.
Turner’s former colleague Juan Soto, who is still with Washington, has agreed to a one-year agreement for $17.1 million, an increase of $8.6 million. Last season, the 23-year-old Soto hit.313 with 29 home runs and a.999 OPS.
Six days after acquiring him in a trade with Oakland, the Blue Jays signed new third baseman Matt Chapman to a $25 million, two-year contract. In his first season of arbitration eligibility, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. received $7.9 million.
NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes ($6.5 million), Boston star Rafael Devers ($11.2 million), Milwaukee closer Josh Hader ($11 million), New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso ($7.4 million), Cleveland ace Shane Bieber ($6 million), and Cincinnati trade target Luis Castillo ($7.35 million) were among the notable one-year deals signed Tuesday.
Baltimore’s John Means and Trey Mancini; Cincinnati’s Lucas Sims; Colorado’s Kyle Freeland; Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull; Kansas City’s Andrew Benintendi and Nicky Lopez; Miami’s Jesus Aguilar, Pablo Lopez, Jacob Stallings, and Joey Wendle; Milwaukee’s Adrian Houser; Mets’ Chris Bassitt; Minnesota’s Luis Arraez and Gary Sanchez; Philadelphia’s Zach Eflin; Pittsburgh’s