Flurry of deals struck; only 27 left for ar­bi­tra­tion

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NEW YORK >> Chicago Cubs ace Jake Ar­ri­eta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Bal­ti­more stand­outs Manny Machado and Zach Brit­ton got big-money deals Fri­day as more than 100 ma­jor lea­guers reached agree­ments for 2017 and left just 27 play­ers on track for salary ar­bi­tra­tion.

Af­ter help­ing lead the Cubs to their first World Se­ries ti­tle since 1908, Ar­ri­eta agreed to a one-year deal for $15,637,500. He can be­come a free agent af­ter this sea­son.

“The time­line is kind of com­ing to an end, as far as, you know, lead­ing up to free agency,” Ar­ri­eta said. “As of now, we got one more sea­son as a Cub, and I’m re­ally happy about that.”

Harper, who slumped af­ter win­ning the 2015 NL MVP award, agreed at $13,625,000, leav­ing him­self with one more year of ar­bi­tra­tion el­i­gi­bil­ity be­fore he can go on the open mar­ket.

Machado, the Ori­oles’ slug­ging third base­man and Gold Glove win­ner, got $11.5 mil­lion, while Brit­ton, who led the AL in saves, ac­cepted $11.4 mil­lion. Like Harper, both can be­come free agents af­ter two more sea­sons.

Colorado Gold Glove third base­man Nolan Are­nado agreed to a $29.5 mil­lion, two-year con­tract.

Only a hand­ful of play­ers are likely to go be­fore three-per­son ar­bi­tra­tion pan­els next month. Play­ers won three of four hear­ings last year, their first win­ning record since 2011. Man­age­ment has a 302-224 ad­van­tage since ar­bi­tra­tion started in 1974.

Other no­table deals Fri­day were reached by 2015 AL Cy Young Award win­ner Dal­las Keuchel of Hous­ton ($9.15 mil­lion), Kansas City first base­man Eric Hosmer ($12.25 mil­lion), Chicago White Sox third base­man Todd Fra­zier ($12 mil­lion) and New York Mets starters Matt Har­vey ($5,125,000) and Ja­cob deGrom ($4.05 mil­lion).

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