Nick Burdi – Injury Update
After quite the scare on the mound when Nick went to the ground holding his elbow, the news came out rather positive. There are no tears or breaks in his arm, and he has been diagnosed with a flexor mass strain in his bicep. There is no timetable for his return as he is shut down indefinitely.
Top Red Sox Prospects – Called Up
The Red Sox called up two of their top pitching prospects that both made their major league debuts. Darwinzon Hernandez and Travis Lakins both pitched over two innings in relief in the night portion of the Red Sox double header on Tuesday. This comes right after the Sox called up one of their top overall prospects in Michael Chavis who also hit his first major league dinger.
Anderson Espinoza – Second Tommy John
Top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza has undergone a second Tommy John surgery. While not pitching since 2016, Espinoza was once called a young Pedro Martinez. His stuff was *that* good. Anderson Espinoza was the headlining piece that sent Drew Pomeranz to Boston in a rare one for one swap. That was also the trade that had missing medicals and the Sox were given a “redo” on the trade if they wanted to nix it. It looks like the Sox may of known of some injury potential as they did not rehash on that trade
- Carlos Martinez is looking to return in the bullpen
- Hanley Ramirez has elected free agency
- Brewers and Mets are the frontrunners to land Gio Gonzalez
- Blue Jay’s top prospect Bo Bichette has a broken hand, expected to get a second opinion
PITCH OF THE DAY
Chris Sale NASTY slider to get the swing and miss (if we are being honest, he wasn’t even close on)
Business of Baseball – Salary Arbitration
Players who have three or more years of Major League service but less than six years of Major League service become eligible for salary arbitration if they do not already have a contract for the next season. Players who have less than three but more than two years of service time can also become arbitration eligible if they meet certain criteria; these are known as “Super Two” players. Players and clubs negotiate over appropriate salaries, primarily based on comparable players who have signed contracts in recent seasons. A player’s salary can indeed be reduced in arbitration — with 20 percent being the maximum amount by which a salary can be cut — although such instances are rare.
If the club and player have not agreed on a salary by a deadline in mid-January, the club and player must exchange salary figures for the upcoming season. Unsurprisingly, the club files a lower number than the player does. After the figures are exchanged, a hearing is scheduled in February. If no one-year or multi-year settlement can be reached by the hearing date, the case is brought before a panel of arbitrators. After hearing arguments from both sides, the panel selects either the salary figure of either the player or the club (but not one in between) as the player’s salary for the upcoming season.
The week prior to the exchange of arbitration figures is when the vast majority of arbitration cases are avoided, either by agreeing to a one- or multi-year contract. Multi-year deals, in these instances, serve as a means to avoid arbitration for each season that is covered under the new contract.
Once a player becomes eligible for salary arbitration, he is eligible each offseason (assuming he is tendered a contract) until he reaches six years of Major League service. At that point, the player becomes eligible for free agency.
Following the 2015 season, Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had two years and 130 days of Major League service time. That landed Calhoun directly on that offseason’s cutoff date for arbitration eligibility, so he was eligible for salary arbitration as a “Super Two” player.
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