Arrieta, Cubs have biggest opening in settlement during $5.5M

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — NL Cy Young Award leader Jake Arrieta had a largest opening among 35 players who substituted due total with their teams in income arbitration, and new Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman also had a large difference.

After going 22-6 and assisting a Cubs strech a NL Championship Series, Arrieta asked Friday for a lift from $3.63 million to $13 million. Chicago offering $7.5 million, withdrawal a sides $5.5 million apart.

Chapman, underneath review for domestic assault by Major League Baseball, requested a lift from $8,075,000 to $13.1 million. The Yankees, who acquired him from Cincinnati on Dec. 28, offering $9 million to a reliever, whose fastball frequently tops 103 mph.

Ninety-two players concluded to contracts Friday, withdrawal fewer than 3 dozen cases remaining among a 156 players who filed for settlement Tuesday.

Others with large gaps enclosed Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain ($7.85 million vs. $5 million), new Mets second baseman Neil Walker ($11.8 million vs. $9.4 million) and Baltimore pitcher Zach Britton ($7.9 million vs, $5.6 million).

For those who don’t settle, hearings before three-person panels of arbitrators will be scheduled for a initial 3 weeks of February. Teams went 8-6 final year, a many hearings given 2001, and are 301-221 record given settlement began in 1974.

Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson, a AL MVP, had a slight disproportion with a Blue Jays, seeking for $11.8 million. Toronto offering $11.35 million to Donaldson, who mislaid in settlement final year and done $4.3 million rather than his ask for $5.75 million. He strike .297 with 41 homers and 123 RBIs, assisting Toronto strech a playoffs for a initial time given 1993.

Among a star pitchers who concluded to one-year deals Friday were Stephen Strasburg of Washington ($10.4 million), Matt Harvey of a New York Mets ($4,325,000) and Dallas Keuchel of Houston ($7.25 million), a AL Cy Young Award winner.

NL batting champion Dee Gordon finalized a $50 million, five-year agreement with a Miami Marlins, who concluded to a $2.8 million, one-year understanding with pitcher Jose Fernandez.

Tampa Bay second baseman Logan Forsythe concluded to a $10.25 million, two-year contract.

Among those distinguished one-year deals were Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen ($10.65 million), Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon ($9.65 million), Baltimore outfielder-first baseman Mark Trumbo ($9.15 million), newly acquired Toronto reliever Drew Storen ($9,375,000) and St. Louis outfielder-first baseman Brandon Moss ($8.25 million).

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