Top Forty Pitchers 2016
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New CBA Agreed To, 12/1/2016
Still pending ratification, but expected to pass, the new CBA made few changes. No international draft, but a firm cap on spending. Raise the minimum wage to $535,000 in 2017. Qualifying Offer compensation draft picks changed to lower rounds and can only happen once to a player in their career. No tie-in to victory at All-Star game and home field advantage in World Series. Raise in luxury tax threshold from $189 million to $195 million in 2017 and higher in out years.
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Rule 5 Draft - December 10
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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 Signings
Week of December 5
Aroldis Chapman to sign 5 year $86,000,000 contract with Yankees.
SPRO Analysis - NY Yankees pay market value for Chapman. Hard to believe we're agreeing with this since, in general, we don't prefer huge contracts for relievers. SPRO 5 years $87,253,000.
Jeff Locke to sign 1 year $3,000,000 contract with Marlins.
SPRO Analysis - Miami pays market value for Locke. SPRO $3,212,000.
Wilson Ramos to sign 2 year $12,500,000 contract, including $6m incentives, pending physical, with Rays.
SPRO Analysis - Tampa Bay pays market value for Ramos. Hard to judge this due to the injury, as this may be a year and one-half year contract. If he had not had the injury, SPRO 2 years $23,732,000.
Mitch Moreland to sign 1 year $5,500,000 contract with Red Sox.
SPRO Analysis - Boston pays market value for Moreland. SPRO $5,106,000.
A.J. Ellis to sign 1 year $2,500,000 contract with Marlins.
SPRO Analysis - Miami overpays for Ellis. Four straight decline years. A bit too much for that, but he does provide great clubhouse presence and almost an extra coach. SPRO $1,907,000.
Fernando Rodney to sign 1 year $2,750,000 contract, including $2.25m incentives, with Diamondbacks.
SPRO Analysis - Arizona gets bargain in Rodney. To get Rodney on this incentive plus number is about what he's worth overall. SPRO $4,970,000.
Ian Desmond to sign 5 year $70,000,000 contract, with team option for 6th year at $15m, with Rockies.
SPRO Analysis - Colorado pays market value for Desmond. We think the term is one year long, but the per year value is okay. SPRO 4 years $52,120,000.
Joaquin Benoit to sign 1 year $7,500,000 contract with Phillies.
SPRO Analysis - Philadelphia overpays for Benoit. Lousy first half 5.18 ERA, great second half 0.38 ERA, but the pay is for the second half. Three straight years of overall regression. SPRO $3,161,000.
Mark Melancon to sign 4 year $62,000,000 contract with Giants.
SPRO Analysis - San Francisco gets bargain in Melancon. Can't believe we're saying that and his performance may be signaling a different trend in contract progression. SPRO 4 years $95,394,000.
Steven Pearce to sign 2 year $12,500,000 contract with Blue Jays.
SPRO Analysis - Toronto pays market value for Pearce. SPRO 2 years $10,700,000.
Matt Holliday to sign 1 year $13,000,000 contract with Yankees.
SPRO Analysis - NY Yankees overpay for Holliday. Four straight years of a decrease in his 3 Year Rolling Average. SPRO 1 year $5,745,000.
Resigned with Team
Week of December 5
Carlos Gomez signs 1 year $11,500,000 contract with Rangers.
SPRO Analysis - Texas overpays for Gomez. Two straight years well below his performance before that questions whether he'll rebound to that level. SPRO 1 year $8,344,000.
Jesus Sucre to AVOID ARBITRATION and sign 1 year $630,000 contract with Mariners.
SPRO Analysis - Seattle pays market value for Sucre. SPRO 1 year $545,000.
Rich Hill to sign 3 year $48,000,000 contract with Dodgers.
SPRO Analysis - LA Dodgers overpay for Hill. Very good year; second very good year of his career. 37 years old, 38 total wins. SPRO 3 years $32,029,000.
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Baseball History Notes
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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