Cardinals Keep McClellan with One-Year Deal
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak cleared the Cardinals arbitration slate agreeing on a one year contract with reliever Kyle McClellan that is worth $1.375 million for 2011, a 223.5% raise over the $425,000 McClellan earned in 2010, his final year before arbitration eligibility. The deal was announced via the Cardinals official twitter account.
McClellan saved a pair of games for the Cardinals, and was frequently mentioned as a candidate to replace Ryan Franklin in the closer role if he faltered. McClellan is likely the long term option in the ninth inning, posting the best peripherals in the pen for the Cards in 2010 with 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings and just 2.2 walks per nine.
Phillies Sign Outfielder Francisco for 2011
Ben Francisco will be back as the Phillies fourth outfielder, agreeing to a one year deal that will pay him $1.175 million next season, according to Phillies MLB.com beat writer Todd Zolecki. Francisco earned $470,000 in 2010. His 2011 paycheck represents a 150% raise.
Francisco, 29, batted .268/.327/.441 in 197 plate appearances for the Phillies last season. Francisco is expected to be paired with Domonic Brown in right field replacing Jayson Werth, who signed with the Nationals earlier this offseason.
The Phillies have just Kyle Kendrick left among arbitration eligible players.
Royals Ink Gordon, Hochevar to Avoid Arbitration
Disappointment has clung to Alex Gordon, touted as the best prospect in baseball after the Royals drafted him. According to the KC Star's Tereza Paylor he'll be getting a modest 21.7% raise in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Gordon transitioned from third base to left field and put up a .215/.315/.355 batting line in 281 plate appearances.
Like Gordon, Luke Hochevar has yet to live up to his potential, but he showed more flashes in 2010. Paylor reports that he too will avoid arbitration with the Royals, signing for the same $1.76 million he earned last season. This is his first year of arbitration eligibility. Last season he made 17 starts and split 12 decisions with an ERA of 4.81. His peripherals were middling in 103 innings pitched.
The Royals still have to sign Billy Butler, Rob Tejeda and Kyle Davies to clear their arbitration eligible players prior to today's deadline to exchange figures.
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