Big deals for Harper, Machado, Ar­ri­eta

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - SPORTS -

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 ma­jor­lea­guers 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. “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.

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

Colorado Gold Glove third base­man Nolan Are­nado agreed to a $29.5 mil­lion, twoyear con­tract, one of just two mul­ti­year deals among the 118 play­ers who set­tled Fri­day. Third base­man Yangervis So­larte agreed to a two-year deal with San Diego, which was clos­ing in on a long-term deal with first base­man Wil Myers.

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), New York Mets starters Matt Har­vey ($5,125,000) and Ja­cob deGrom ($4.05 mil­lion).

Mets closer Jeurys Fa­milia, who led the ma­jor leagues in saves last year, agreed at $7,425,000 — but he may not get all of it. He faces a pos­si­ble sus­pen­sion at the start of the sea­son un­der the sport’s do­mes­tic vi­o­lence pol­icy.

Among the play­ers who didn’t set­tle, the largest amount asked for in ar­bi­tra­tion was $8 mil­lion by Kansas City left­hander Danny Duffy, who was of­fered $7.25 mil­lion.

The largest gaps in­volved Bos­ton left-han­der Drew Pomer­anz ($5.7 mil­lion vs. $3.6 mil­lion) and Yan­kees setup man Dellin Be­tances ($5 mil­lion vs. $3 mil­lion). Hous­ton has the most re­main­ing play­ers el­i­gi­ble for hear­ings with four: pitch­ers Mike Fiers, Will Har­ris and Collin McHugh plus first base­man Mar­win Gon­za­lez. Bal­ti­more has three: pitch­ers Brad Brach and Kevin Gaus­man and catcher Caleb Joseph.


A per­son with knowl­edge of the deal says the Texas Rangers and right-han­der Tyson Ross have agreed on a $6 mil­lion, one-year con­tract.

The per­son spoke to the As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the deal was pend­ing a phys­i­cal.

Ross, who made just one start for San Diego last sea­son be­cause of shoul­der prob­lems, be­comes a can­di­date for a ro­ta­tion led by aces Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish and in­clud­ing Martin Perez.

An­other pos­si­ble starter is an­other right-han­der com­ing from the Padres: Texas na­tive An­drew Cash­ner, who agreed to a deal in Novem­ber.

The 29-year-old Ross, who pitched at Cal, is 32-53 with a 3.64 ERA in 153 ca­reer ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing 102 starts.

Texas also avoided salary ar­bi­tra­tion with six of seven el­i­gi­ble play­ers, topped by closer Sam Dyson get­ting a $3 mil­lion raise af­ter mak­ing just over the ma­jor league min­i­mum last sea­son. Dyson agreed to a $3.52 mil­lion con­tract af­ter tak­ing over as closer for the AL West cham­pi­ons about a month into the sea­son and fin­ish­ing third in the AL with 38 saves.


Along with reach­ing agree­ment with Harper, Washington also reached oneyear deals with their three other ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble play­ers: Third base­man An­thony Ren­don will earn $5.8 mil­lion next sea­son, right-han­der Tan­ner Roark gets $4,315,000 and new catcher Derek Norris agreed to $4.2 mil­lion.


Cleve­land reached agree­ment with four righthanders, closer Cody Allen, starter Danny Salazar and re­liev­ers Bryan Shaw and Zach McAllister.


Pitts­burgh and ace Ger­rit Cole reached agree­ment on a one-year deal that will pay him $3.75 mil­lion in 2017. That’s a sig­nif­i­cant bump over the $541,000 Cole made in 2016, when the team of­fered him just a $10,000 raise, a ges­ture that ini­tially ir­ri­tated Cole, af­ter the for­mer No. 1 pick won 19 games and made the All-Star team.

But the Pi­rates and closer Tony Wat­son failed to come to terms be­fore Fri­day’s dead­line, and will ap­pear be­fore three ar­bi­tra­tors next month if no agree­ment is reached.


Mar­lins re­warded All-Star closer A.J. Ramos with a $6.55 mil­lion con­tract as Mi­ami reached agree­ment on one-year deals with five of its six ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble play­ers. ... The Dodgers agreed to oneyear con­tracts for catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal and pitch­ers Luis Avi­lan, Josh Fields and Alex Wood . ... The Braves ac­quired in­fielder Micah John­son from the Dodgers for a player to be named or cash. John­son spent most of the year with Triple-A Ok­la­homa City . ... Right-han­der Michael Pineda ($7.4 mil­lion) and short­stop Didi Gre­go­rius ($5.1 mil­lion) were among six Yan­kees who agreed to one-year con­tracts . ... A source said the Di­a­mond­backs agreed to a $1.5 mil­lion, one-year con­tract with catcher Chris Ian­netta . ... The Phillies avoided ar­bi­tra­tion with re­liever Jean­mar Gomez, agree­ing on a $4.2 mil­lion, one-year deal with the right-han­der.

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