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Hall of Fame BBWAA To Induct Four

January 24, 2018 - Four new players, two on the ballot for the first time, will enter the Hall of Fame this coming July; Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman. They will accompany two additional players added in December by the Veterans Committee; Jack Morris and Alan Trammel.

How Did the Vote Go for Those Inducted: Chipper Jones 410 (97.2%), Vladimir Guerrero 392 (92.9%), Jim Thome 379 (89.8%), Trevor Hoffman 337 (79.9%). 75% is needed for election.

How Did Other Do Who Remain on the Ballot: Edgar Martinez 297 (70.4%), Mike Mussina 268 (63.5%), Roger Clemens 242 (57.3%), Barry Bonds 238 (56.4%), Curt Schilling 216 (51.2%), Omar Vizquel 156 (37.0%), Larry Walker 144 (34.1%), Fred McGriff 98 (23.2%), Manny Ramirez 93 (22.0%), Jeff Kent 61 (14.5%), Gary Sheffield 47 (11.1%), Billy Wagner 47 (11.1%), Scott Rolen 43 (10.2%), Sammy Sosa 33 (7.8%), Andruw Jones 31 (7.3%).

Those Who Did Not Get 5% and Are Removed from the Ballot: Jamie Moyer 10 (2.4%), Johan Santana 10 (2.4%), Johnny Damon 8 (1.9%), Hideki Matsui 4 (0.9%), Chris Carpenter 2 (0.5%), Kerry Wood 2 (0.5%), Livan Hernandez 1 (0.2%), Carlos Lee 1 (0.2%), Orlando Hudson 0, Aubrey Huff 0, Jason Isringhausen 0, Brad Lidge 0, Kevin Millwood 0, Carlos Zambrano 0.

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Hot Stove League Contracts


Check the Hot Stove League sections now for our projections of Free Agent Contract Values, Qualifying Offers, and other contract offers for Arbitration Eligible and Pre-Arbitration Eligible Players for the 2016-2017 offseason, all using our proprietary SPRO system, telling you what they should be paid.

Free Agents

Week of February 19

Jesse Chavez signs 1 year $1,000,000, plus $2m incentives, with Rangers.

SPRO Analysis - Arizona get bargain in Chavez. SPRO 1 year $3,706,000.

Carlos Gomez signs 1 year $4,000,000, plus $1m incentives, with Rays.

SPRO Analysis - Tampa Bay gets bargain in Gomez. Yes, down years for three seasons and a late signing in the bargain bin when clubs no longer reach back to glory years. But still worth more than this. SPRO 1 year $9,185,000.

Cameron Maybin signs 1 year $3,250,000, plus $750,000 incentives, with Marlins.

SPRO Analysis - Miami gets bargain Maybin. Bit of the same dynamic as Gomez, but with a more consistent profile, but less possibility of greatness emerging again. SPRO 1 year $6,277,000.

Jarrod Dyson signs 2 year $7,500,000, plus $250,000 incentives per year, with Diamondbacks.

SPRO Analysis - Arizona pays market value for Dyson. SPRO 1 year $3,818,000.

J.D. Martinez signs 5 year $110,000,000 with Red Sox, plus options.

SPRO Analysis - Boston overpays for Martinez. How can you say that? Over 100 RBI in 119 games. Because, J.D. Martinez has only played over 123 games once in his career. He can't help you win if he doesn't play. It's called durability. SPRO 5 year $90,266,000.

Joaquin Benoit signs 1 year $1,000,000 with Nationals, plus $1m incentives.

SPRO Analysis - Washington gets bargain in Benoit. Yes, he's been going downhill for years, but with extra dollars tied to performance, it's a bargain. SPRO 1 year $1,762,000.

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Week of February 19

Chris Tillman signs 1 year $3,000,000 contract with Orioles, plus $7m incentives.

SPRO Analysis - Baltimore gets bargain in Tillman. Incentive laden contract good for club as likelihood of Tillman exceeded the $3m value high after only one very down year. SPRO 1 year $9,179,000.

Free Agents

Week of February 12

Eric Hosmer signs 8 year $144,000,000 with Padres.

SPRO Analysis - San Diego pays market value, kind of, for Hosmer. The per year value is right on the money, but we wouldn't have gone for eight years. SPRO 5 year $87,512,000.

Chris Young signs 1 year $2,000,000 with Angels, plus incentives.

SPRO Analysis - Los Angeles of Anaheim gets bargain in Young. With the incentives, it's probably more market value, but considering that, it's club friendly. SPRO 1 year $3,655,000.

Jason Vargas signs 2 year $16,000,000 with Mets, plus $1.5m per year incentives and 3rd year option.

SPRO Analysis - New York Mets pay market value for Vargas. Similar to other incentive deals, slight bargain considering. SPRO 2 years $20,513,000.

Tony Watson signs 2 year contract with variety of years/incentives to avoid luxury tax threshold. Seems to be $7m/$14m/$21m deal pending amount of years with Giants.

SPRO Analysis - San Francisco pays market value for Watson. Watson SPRO for 1 year $7,484,000. SPRO 3 year $23,297,000.

Bud Norris signs 1 year $3,000,000 with Cardinals, plus incentives.

SPRO Analysis - St. Louis gets bargain in Norris. Hmmm, probably ends up a market value deal considering the incentives, but good for club that it's structured this way. SPRO 1 year $4,214,000.

Andrew Cashman signs 2 year $16,000,000 with Orioles, plus $5m per year incentives and $10m vesting option.

SPRO Analysis - Baltimore pays market value for Cashman. SPRO 2 year $18,753,000.

Jaime Garcia signs 1 year $10,000,000 with Blue Jays, plus $2m incentives and club option at $10m.

SPRO Analysis - Toronto overpays for Garcia. SPRO 1 year $7,037,000.

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Week of February 12

Trevor Bauer WINS ARBITRATION CASE and signs for $6,525,000 with Indians.

SPRO Analysis - Cleveland gets bargain in Bauer. Club arbitration figure was always way too low at $5.35m. SPRO 1 year $7,838,000.

Kyle Gibson LOSES ARBITRATION CASE and signs 1 year $4,200,000 with Twins.

SPRO Analysis - Minnesota pays market value for Gibson. All numbers too close to quibble, including player price at $4.55m. SPRO 1 year $4,781,000.

Collin McHugh WINS ARBITRATION CASE and signs 1 year $5,000,000 with Astros.

SPRO Analysis - Houston gets bargain in McHugh. Small bargain. Club number was $4.55m. SPRO 1 year $5,936,000.

Eduardo Nunez resigns with Red Sox for one year and $4,000,000, plus $4m option with $2m buyout. Also includes $2m incentives.

SPRO Analysis - Boston pays market value for Nunez. SPRO 1 year $5,377,000.

Scooter Gennett WINS ARBITRATION CASE and signs for $5,700,000 with Reds.

SPRO Analysis - Cincinnati pays market value for Gennett. We'd have been more okay with the club number at $5.1m, but this is okay. SPRO 1 year $5,053,000.

Brandon Maurer LOSES ARBITRATION CASE and signs for $2,950,000 with Royals.

SPRO Analysis - Kansas City overpays for Maurer. Both numbers ($3.5m player) too high. SPRO 1 year $1,812,000.

Dan Straily LOSES ARBITRATION CASE and signs for $3,375,000 with Marlins.

SPRO Analysis - Miami gets bargain in Straily. We think the player was right here at $3.55m. Arbitrators ruling odd to us this year. SPRO 1 year $4,563,000.

Marcus Stroman LOSES ARBITRATION CASE and signs for $6,500,000 with Blue Jays.

SPRO Analysis - Toronto gets bargain in Stroman. Stroman had one of the best seasons in the AL last year and we think both numbers, including the $6.9m player was too low. SPRO 1 year $9,232,000.

Jake Odorizzi WINS ARBITRATION CASE and signs $6.3m contract with Rays.
SPRO Analysis - Tampa Bay pays market value for Odorizzi. Club wanted to pay him $6.05m, which we liked better, but neither were out of bounds. SPRO 1 year $5,721,000.

Chase Utley resigns with Dodgers for 2 years $2,000,000. Uncertain whether deal is for $2m per or $2m total

SPRO Analysis - Los Angeles Dodgers get bargain in Utley. Yes, he's older and not the player in his prime, but Utley provides value both as a player a quasi coach. We realize our number is based on Utley getting use, and the Dodgers will try not to have to use, only as a reserve. SPRO 1 year $6,674,000.

Kevin Gausman AVOIDS ARBITRATION and signs 1 year $5,600,000 with Orioles.

SPRO Analysis - Baltimore pay market value for Gausman. SPRO 1 year $5,549,000.

Avisail Garcia WINS ARBITRATION CASE and signs 1 year $6,700,000 with White Sox.

SPRO Analysis - Chicago White Sox get bargain in Garcia. Not easy to be a .300/.400/.500 player and Garcia almost was. SPRO 1 year $8,867,000.

Baseball History Notes

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Baseball History Fact

April 4, 1871 - The first professional baseball league, the National Association, debuts with a game between the Cleveland Forest Citys and the Fort Wayne Kekiongas. Fort Wayne won the initial official game 2 to 0.

What else happened that year? January 17, 1871 - Andrew Smith Hallidie patents an improvement in endless wire and rope ways for cable cars. And on November 17, 1871 - The National Rifle Association is granted a charter by the State of New York.

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