SI's Jon Heyman tweets a quartet of signings from this morning prior to today's exchange of contract numbers for February's arbitration hearings. The four players are the Mets' Jeff Francoeur, Oakland's Rajai Davis, Howie Kendirck of the Angels and San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez.
Francoeur split 2009 between Atlanta and New York, dealt in mid-season for Ryan Church. Francoeur enjoyed a revitalization in New York, hitting .311/.338/.498 and posting his best numbers since 2005 after the deal. His line for the season (.280/.309/.423) reflected the decline he's shown since his rookie year. Francoeur earned $3.375 million in 2009. He'll make $5 million in 2010.
Davis had a big year in his first experience with regular playing time. He posted a .305/.360/.423 line in 432 plate appearances for the Athletics. He earned $410,000 in 2009 and gets a hefty raise for 2010 when he'll earn a guaranteed $1.35 million, with incentives.
Kendrick continued to struggle with injuries and making adjustments to the big league level. He hit .291/.334/.444 in 400 plate appearances with the Angels. Last season he made $465,000. His deal calls for $1.75 million in 2010, with potential incentives.
Sanchez will get $2.1 million guaranteed, again with incentives that will elvate the value of the deal should he achieve them. Sanchez twirled a no hitter on July 10th against San Diego. For the year he went 8-12 with a 4.24 ERA.
These signings reduce the number of players whose cases are pending to 103. MLB clubs will exchange figures with their remaining arbitration eligible players today. Please visit the salary arbitration page for more information.
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