Orioles Ink Johnson, but swap figures with their other arbitration eligible players
Dan Connolly tweeted word of Jim Johnson's one year, $2.625 million agreement with the Orioles on Arbitration Deadline Day. The righthanded reliever's new deal represents a 169.2% raise over his 2011 salary of $975,000. In his age 28 season, Johnson posted career bests in innings, strikeouts, wins and most peripheral stats, such as WHIP, BB/9, H/9 and K/9.
Baltimore couldn't settle on terms with Brad Bergesen, Jeremy Guthrie, Adam Jones or Robert Andino. Details of the contract figures each player exchanged with the club will be posted shortly.
Red Sox agree with Ellsbury and Aviles at the Deadline
The Red Sox had the largest number of arbitration eligible players among AL Teams with 8. Additionally, David Ortiz accepted the club's offer of arbitration rather than explore free agency.
AL MVP runner up Jacoby Ellsbury was eligible for arbitration for the second time. The Red Sox and their star centerfielder worked out a $8.05 million contract for 2012, as tweeted by MLB Trade Rumors' Ben Nicholson-Smith. His salary for the coming season represents a 235.4% raise over his 2011 compensation of $2.4 million.
The Boston Herald's John Tomase has details of infielder Mike Aviles one-year $1.2 million contract. Aviles was in his first year of eligibility for arbitration and saw his salary nearly double from 2011's $640,000.
Boston had previously announced the signings of lefty reliever Franklin Morales, catcher Jarrod Saltamacchia and recently acquired outfielder Ryan Sweeney.
Ortiz and a trio of right-handed pitchers - Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey and Daniel Bard - are the remaining unsigned Red Sox players eligible for salary arbitration.
Yankees sign Robertson, Chamberlain
CBS sports' Jon Heyman has details for both deals the Yankees worked out at yesterday's deadline with right handed pitchers Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson. For Chamberlain he and the club agreed on $1.675 million for next season, up a tick from 2011’s $1.4 million contract. Robertson will get $1.6 million with another $25,000 possible in incentives. His guaranteed salary represents a 247.8% raise over what he made in 2011, his final season prior to arbitration eligibility.
Previously, Phil Hughes's agency, CAA announced via twitter that their client and the Yankees agreed on a $3.2 million contract for the coming season.
Outfielder Brett Gardner, catcher Russell Martin and lefty reliever Boone Logan remain unsigned and have exchanged figures with the club.
Rays work out deals with Price, Upton, and Badenhop
In his first year of arbitration eligibility, lefty ace David Price matched the record setting amount the Marlins gave Dontrelle Willis in 2006. He'll make $4.35 million in 2012 on a one-year deal, as initially tweeted by MLB Trade Rumors' Ben Nicholson-Smith. Price had been on a major league contract signed when he was drafted that paid him $1.25 million in its final year. His salary for the coming season represents a 248% raise.
Facing his final salary arbitration go-round, center fielder B.J. Upton settled early and gets $7MM plus playing time incentives, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin. Upton had failed to reach an agreement with the club last season and lost his arbitration hearing, receiving a $4.825 million salary for 2011. This year's guaranteed deal is a 45.1% raise for the longest tenured position player with the club.
Topkin also had details on RHP Burke Badenhop's one-year deal with the Rays for $1.075-million. The newly acquired reliever will get a 43.3% raise over the $750,000 he earned in 2011 with the Marlins.
Jeff Niemann remains unsigned and faces a hearing. Rays GM Andrew Friedman has yet to lose an arbitration hearing.
Blue Jays have two hold outs, work out deals with Villanueva, Johnson and Francisco
MLB Trade Rumors' Tim Dierkes reported that the Blue Jays avoided arbitration with second baseman Kelly Johnson, who accepted the club's offer of arbitration after filing for free agency. Johnson will make $6.375 million next season which is a little under a 9% raise from his 2011 salary. The club also came to terms with outfielder Ben Francisco, whom they picked up from the Phillies for minor leaguer Frank Gailey. Francisco gets $1.5375 million in 2012, a raise of 30.9% over the $1.175 million he made last year.
The club also announced their agreement with reliever Carlos Villanueva on a one year, $2.2775 million contract. Villanueva made $1.415 million last season. He gets a 61.0% raise in his final year of arbitration eligibility.
Outfielder Colby Rasmus signed earlier in the week for $2.7 million in 2012.
Right handed pitchers Brandon Morrow and Casey Janssen failed to agree on deals with the club and face hearings next month.
Continuing coverage of Baseball’s Arbitration Season can be found on the Biz of Baseball.com. The deadline for clubs and players to agree on contracts before submitting figures to a panel of arbiters for hearings to be held in February passed yesterday afternoon at noon eastern time. Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown posted posted the list of 142 players who filed for arbitration on Saturday. We’ll have continuing updates on the arbitration process through February's hearings.
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