Yankees’ Aaron Judge, 5 of the bravest players headed for arbitration


Leading up to the salary arbitration hearings are 31 players that will take place during the regular season, a scheduling oddity due to the 99-day lockdown.

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees walks to the dugout after swinging out during the first inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, March 20, in Tampa, Fla. (Lynn Sladki/AP Photo) The Associated Press

Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Judge and the five-player pay arbitration hearing of the New York Yankees’ World Series champion Atlanta Braves are among 31 players who failed to reach contracts and exchange figures during the regular season. Will be with their teams.

Judge could become a free agent after the World Series, and the outfielder and the team say they want to discuss a long-term deal to keep him in the Bronx. The judge has sought $21 million from New York, while the Yankees have offered $17 million, up from $10,175,000 last year.

Meanwhile, Atlanta general manager Alex Anthopoulos could wind up with potentially awkward hearings against third baseman Austin Riley, shortstop Dansby Swanson, outfielder Adam Duvall and pitchers Max Fried and Luke Jackson. Anthopoulos told The Athletic on Tuesday that Atlanta’s clubhouse was “rattling” when popular slugger Freddie Freeman left as a free agent for the Los Angeles Dodgers when Anthopoulos traded Matt Olsen from Oakland.

Riley has asked for $4.2 million and is offered $3.95 million, while Swanson seeks $10 million versus the team’s offer of $9.2 million. Duvall asked for $10,275,000 versus $9,275,000, Fried $6.85 million versus $6.6 million, and Jackson for $4 million versus $3.6 million.

White Sox ace Lucas Giolito asked for $7.5 million, but was offered $7.3 million, and Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras wants $10.25 million against an offer of $9 million. St. Louis still have two major players without deals in Harrison Bader ($4.8 million versus $3.8 million) and Tyler O’Neill ($4.15 million versus $3.4 million).

Arbitration-eligible players who did not reach agreement with their teams are set to have their cases heard via video conference by a three-person panel, a scheduling oddity required by baseball’s 99-day lockdown that began in the spring. The start of training was pushed back and the regular season.

The deadline for swapping arbitration numbers was delayed from mid-January to Tuesday. No date has been set for the hearing, which usually takes place in 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.

Batting champion Tree Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a $21 million, one-year deal. Obtained from Washington last July, Turner hit .328 with 28 homers and 32 stolen bases last season. He is set to become a free agent after this season.

Juan Soto, Turner’s former partner who is still with Washington, agreed to a $17.1 million, one-year deal – an increase of $8.6 million. Soto, 23, hit .313 last year with 29 homers and .999 OPS.

The Blue Jays signed new third baseman Matt Chapman for $25 million on a two-year deal, six days after being traded to Oakland. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. received $7.9 million in his first season of arbitration qualification.

Other notable one-year deals signed Tuesday include: NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burns ($6.5 million), Greeley Tribune star Rafael Devers ($11.2 million), Milwaukee Josh Hader ($11 million), New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso ($7.4 million), Cleveland ace Shane Bieber $6 million and Cincinnati trade target Luis Castillo ($7.35 million),

Some other players who did not sign a deal before Tuesday’s deadline: Baltimore’s John Means and Trey Mancini; Lucas Sims of Cincinnati; Kyle Freeland of Colorado; Spencer Turnbull of Detroit; Andrew Benintendi and Nikki Lopez of Kansas City; Jesus Aguilar, Pablo Lopez, Jacob Stallings and Joy Wendell of Miami; Adrian Houser of Milwaukee; Mets’ Chris Bassit; Luis Arrez and Gary Sanchez of Minnesota; Zach Eflin of Philadelphia; Brian Reynolds and Kevin Newman of Pittsburgh; Adam Frazier, Mitch Hanniger and Jesse Winker of Seattle; Victor Robles of Washington.

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