PHOENIX (AP) — Trevor Story and Nick Castellanos are among the newest $100 million men during the Major League Baseball offseason filled with big contracts.
There has been a strong market for the star players of the game, even with the 99-day lockdown that halted talks from December to mid-March.
Storey and Castellanos are among 15 players who have signed deals worth $100 million or more since November, a group that includes Corey Seeger, Vander Franco, Kris Bryant, Marcus Semien, Matt Olsen, Freddie Freeman, Xavier Baez, Jose Berrios, Max Scherzer. Robbie Ray, Kevin Gossman, Carlos Correa and Byron Buxton.
Big contracts are certainly good news for players receiving them, but it remains to be seen whether those deals lead to an increase in the league’s overall average salary, which has declined in recent years. During the lockdown, one of the main goals of the association was to increase the salaries of the middle class and young players of the sport.
Story was introduced in Florida on Wednesday that his $140 million, six-year deal with the Red Sox is official. Castellanos received a $100 million, five-year contract from the Phillies after a career season in Cincinnati.
The Red Sox were an unlikely lover for Story — a two-time All-Star — considering they already have a four-time All-Star at shortstop.
But Storey agreed to move to second base, providing stability in a situation Boston has lacked since the injury of Dustin Pedroia in 2017. And if Xander Bogarts opts out of his contract at the end of the season, Story gives the Red Sox a long-term solution at shortstop.
The Phillies are hopeful that the Castellanos can add to a souped-up offense and help the franchise end the NL-worst, 10-year drought that followed.
Castellanos received a $100 million, five-year contract from the Phillies after a career season in Cincinnati. He batted .309 for the Reds last year with 34 homers, 100 RBIs and .939 OPS, making his first All-Star team and winning the Silver Slugger Award. He is a .278 career hitter in nine major league seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs and Reds with 168 home runs, 594 RBIs and a .814 OPS.
The Phillies also added slugger Kyle Schwarber last week on a $79 million, four-year deal.
Castellanos and Schwarber join reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper in the middle of a Phillies lineup that also includes All-Star catchers JT Realmuto, Rhys Hoskins, Gene Segura and Didi Gregorius.
Arbitration is still possible for 31 players
The vast majority of MLB players eligible for arbitration have already inked deals for the 2022 season.
But many big names are still in limbo.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, Pirates outfielder Brian Reynolds and several members of World Series champion Atlanta Braves are among 31 players who could be headed for a hearing, which will take place once the regular season resumes.
Arbitration-eligible players who do not reach agreements will have their cases heard by a three-person panel during video conference over video conference, the scheduling required by the 99-day lockdown, which took spring training from February 16 to March 13. pushed back the start. and opening days from March 31 to April 7.
No date has been set for the hearing, which usually takes place during the first three weeks of February. Teams and players can continue to negotiate and agree on a deal at any time.
If the team and player do not agree to a salary before Opening Day, the player will be paid at the rate offered by the club and the salary will be adjusted retrospectively if necessary.
Show back with parents
Brian Shaw’s back with the Cleveland bullpen.
The rubber-armed reliever, who led the majors with 81 appearances last season, agreed to a one-year contract with the Guardians. The deal is pending a physical one, but Shaw, 34, is already in camp.
Shaw leads 6-7 with a 3.49 ERA with Cleveland in the first year of his second stint with the club in 2021. Shaw was with the Guardians from 2013–17 and appeared in at least 70 games each season.
He left Colorado as a free agent before re-signing with Cleveland prior to last season.
Alberto to Dodgers
The Dodgers have agreed a one-year contract with infielder Hanser Alberto worth $1.6 million, including a club option for the 2023 season, worth $2 million with a $250,000 buyout.
The Dodgers named infielder Matt Beatty for the assignment to make room for Alberto.
Alberto, 29, spent the previous season with the Kansas City Royals, where he scored .270 runs with 20 doubles, two homers and 24 RBIs.
AP Baseball writer Ronald Blum and AP Sports writer Rob Maddi contributed to this story.
More AP MLB: More