many MLB The Stars agreed to one-year deals on Friday, the deadline for arbitration-eligible teams and players to exchange salary figures for the 2023 season.
Here are some of the most notable deals agreed on Friday.
Alonso House: 14.5 million dollars with mets
The Mets managed to strike a deal to avoid arbitration with one of the best hitters in baseball.
Alonso, who was named the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year and is a two-time MLB All-Star, hit .271 with .869 OPS to go along with 40 home runs and 131 RBI in 2022.
Alonso’s $14.5 million one-year deal marks the largest arbitration deal ever for a first baseman.
Brandon Woodruff: $10.8 million with righteousness
Arguably one of the best shooters in the NL Central, Woodruff won’t have to resort to arbitration. He went 13-4 with a 3.05 ERA last season, a year after going 9-10 with a 2.56 ERA that helped him finish fifth in NL Cy Young voting.
Woodruff, who turns 30 in February, won’t be eligible for free agency until 2025.
Josh Hader: $14 million with the Padres
San Diego made a pair of expensive deals to avoid arbitration on Friday. In addition to the deal they offered Soto, the Padres awarded Hader the richest salary in arbitration history for a reliever.
The lefty is arguably the best reliever in baseball during his five-plus seasons with the Brewers, playing in their last four All-Star games. However, he struggled in San Diego, allowing 13 points in 16 more innings over 19 regular season games. He bounced back in the postseason, though, allowing no runs and giving up only 1 hit over 5 innings.
Jordan Montgomery: 10 million dollars with basics
St. Louis gave its highest possession at the trade deadline an eight-figure deal to avoid arbitration.
Montgomery continued his strong season with the Cardinals after he was traded from the Yankees at the 2022 deadline. He went 6-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 11 starts in St. Louis. He can become a free agent at the end of the season.
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Juan Soto: $23 million with Padres
ESPN reports that the young star has managed to come to terms in his new home, agreeing to a price of $23 million for the 2023 season.
Soto struggled a bit in his first two months in San Diego, but he still had a strong 2022 season, hitting . 242 with an . 854 OPS to go along with 27 homers and 62 RBI last season.
The 24-year-old remains under the club’s control until the end of the 2024 season, giving both sides time to agree a long-term deal. But Soto reportedly already rejected a 15-year, $440 million extension from the Washington Nationals before he was traded in July 2022.
Julio Urillas: 14.25 million dollars with Dodgers
Los Angeles managed to reach an agreement to avoid arbitration with its best pitcher on Friday.
Urias has emerged as one of the best groundball pitchers and pitchers in all of baseball over the past two seasons. He had a 2.16 ERA and a 17-7 record last season, a year after he posted a 2.96 ERA and a 20-3 record.
The 26-year-old could earn big money in the next 12 months, as he will become a free agent at the end of the year, unless the Dodgers extend him.
Logan Webb: 4.6 million dollars with giants
San Francisco managed to avoid what could have been arbitration’s first year with its smarts.
Webb is coming off his career year in 2022, setting new highs in wins, ERA, innings pitched, and strikeouts in his 25-year-old season. He’s been one of the best pitchers in baseball the past two seasons, posting an ERA+ of 138 while going 26-12.
With Carlos Rodon Leave this season for YankeesWebb is the indisputable anchor in the Giants’ 2023 rotation. The crafty right still has two more years of refereeing left to go, but should see his wages increase exponentially if he continues on his current trajectory.
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Lucas Giolito: $10.4 million with white stockings
The White Sox avoided going to arbitration with their Aces on Friday.
They’re also hoping the 28-year-old has a rebounding season in 2023. After three top-10 Cy Young finishes in 2019-21, Giolito went 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA in 2022.
Giolito could become a free agent in 2024.
Rhys Hoskins: $12 million with Veles
Philadelphia managed to avoid going to arbitration with a top hitter.
The soon-to-30 first baseman had arguably his best season of 2022, hitting . 246 with a . 794 OPS to go along with 30 homers and 79 RBIs. Hoskins also hit six home runs in the postseason, including four in a five-game NLCS win over the Padres.
Hoskins could become a free agent after the 2024 season.
Walker Buehler: $8.025 million with the Dodgers
He may not be the Dodgers champion in 2023 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but he was still arbitration-eligible.
Buehler has been one of the best pitchers in baseball when healthy over the past few seasons, going 46-16 with a 3.02 ERA over 106 starts since 2017.
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