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FILE - In this screen grab taken from video, Major League baseball player Francisco Lindor answers questions during a virtual press conference introducing him as the New York Mets new shortstop, in this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, file photo. Lindor is among roughly 125 players who entered Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, eligible to exchange salary arbitration figures with their teams. (New York Mets via AP, File)

Lindor, Bryant, Bellinger, Seager get big-money deals

Jan. 16, 2021 2:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor, Kris Bryant, Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager were among 112 players who agreed to one-year contracts Friday, leaving just 13 to swap salary arbitration figures during a slow offseason in the aftermath of the financial carnage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The deals...

Cincinnati Reds' Michael Lorenzen throws in the second inning during a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Cincinnati, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Lorenzen, Castillo among 6 to reach deals with Reds

Jan. 16, 2021 1:23 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds reached one-year deals with all six of their arbitration-eligible players on Friday, agreeing with pitcher and outfielder Michael Lorenzen at $4,437,500 and with right-hander Luis Castillo at $4.2 million. Cincinnati also agreed with outfielder Jesse Winker at $3.15 million,...

Marlins reach deals with Anderson, Alfaro and 3 relievers

Jan. 16, 2021 1:19 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins agreed to contract terms with all of their arbitration-eligible players, including third baseman Brian Anderson for $3.8 million. Miami also announced deals Friday with catcher Jorge Alfaro ($2.05 million) and three relievers — Yimi García ($1.9 million), Richard...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, San Diego Padres' Tommy Pham celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Wade Davis in the ninth inning of a baseball game, in Denver. Padres outfielder Tommy Pham is recovering after he was stabbed in the back Sunday night, Oct. 11, 2020. Police tell the San Diego Union-Tribune that Pham was stabbed outside a gentlemen’s club in San Diego. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Padres avoid arbitration with Pham, 4 others

Jan. 16, 2021 1:10 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres agreed to an $8.9 million, one-year contract with Tommy Pham, avoiding arbitration with the outfielder who was limited to 31 games last season because of injuries. Pham hit .211 with three homers and 12 RBIs after coming over in a trade with Tampa Bay. His 2020 salary...

Freeland among Rockies to avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

Jan. 16, 2021 12:59 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration with left-hander Kyle Freeland and five other players Friday as the team tries to get back on track after missing the playoffs the past two seasons. Freeland agreed to a one-year contract for $5,025,000 following a bounce-back season. He made a...

Cubs avoid arbitration with Bryant, Báez, Contreras

Jan. 16, 2021 12:56 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs avoided arbitration with three of their biggest stars, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Kris Bryant, shortstop Javier Báez and catcher Willson Contreras on Friday. Bryant, who struggled through injuries in his worst season, is set to earn $19.5 million. Baez is due...

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Luke Weaver looks at the baseball after giving up a home run to the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

D-backs avoid salary arbitration with Weaver, Kelly

Jan. 16, 2021 12:51 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to one-year contracts Friday with right-hander Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly and left-hander Caleb Smith that avoided salary arbitration. Weaver's deal is for $1.95 million, Kelly $1.7 million and Smith $1,465,000. No other Arizona players remain eligible...

FILE - In this screen grab taken from video, Major League baseball player Francisco Lindor answers questions during a virtual press conference introducing him as the New York Mets new shortstop, in this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, file photo. Lindor is among roughly 125 players who entered Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, eligible to exchange salary arbitration figures with their teams. (New York Mets via AP, File)

Mets avoid arb with 8 players, including Lindor, Conforto

Jan. 16, 2021 12:23 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets agreed to one-year contracts with eight players Friday to avoid salary arbitration, including shortstop Francisco Lindor, outfielder Michael Conforto and first baseman-outfielder Dominic Smith. Lindor will earn $22.3 million and Conforto gets $12.25 million in their final...

Juan Soto, Trea Turner, Soto, Josh Bell, Nats agree for 2021

Jan. 15, 2021 11:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — NL batting champion Juan Soto, shortstop Trea Turner and first baseman Josh Bell agreed to 2021 contracts for substantial raises with the Washington Nationals on Friday, leaving the team with no players headed to arbitration. Soto's one year-deal is worth $8.5 million, Turner's is for $13...

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of Game 3 of a National League wild-card baseball series Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cardinals, Flaherty still without deal, swap arb figures

Jan. 15, 2021 11:46 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and ace Jack Flaherty have not agreed to terms on a 2021 contract and they swapped figures for salary arbitration Friday. The 25-year-old Flaherty asked for $3.9 million and the team offered $3 million. The sides can come to an agreement until an arbitrator hears...