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9:30 PM ET, January 12, 2018

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Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Dodgers reach contract agreements with all of their arbitration-eligible players  —  LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers reached agreement on one-year contracts with all of their arbitration-eligible players Friday.  —  The Dodgers have not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since reliever Joe Beimel in 2007.
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Bryant gets $10.85M, record for 1st arbitration eligible  —  CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant has agreed to a $10.85 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, a record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time.  —  The previous mark was held by Ryan Howard, who was awarded $10 million …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs agree to terms with Kyle Hendricks, Justin Wilson, Tommy La Stella  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The Chicago Cubs agreed to terms Friday with pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Justin Wilson.  —  The agreements were reached hours before teams and arbitration eligible players face a noon deadline …
Phil Thompson / Chicago Tribune:
Comics take swings at ‘skinny’ Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant at Anthony Rizzo's benefit  —  Chicago Tribune  —  “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor and Cubs fan Jeff Garlin was a last-minute scratch as host of Anthony Rizzo's Laugh Off for Cancer on Thursday night at Studio Paris …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:   Source: Cubs' Kris Bryant gets $11M, most for first-time arbitration-eligible player
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers avoid arbitration with 3, but no deal yet with Iglesias  —  The Tigers' 16-year streak of avoiding salary arbitration hearings is in jeopardy.  —  The team agreed to contracts with three of their four remaining arbitration-eligible players on Friday but are $1.2 million apart with shortstop Jose Iglesias.
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers agree to deals with relievers Shane Greene, Alex Wilson
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ESPN:
Source: Manny Machado avoids arbitration with $16M deal  —  Manny Machado agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday to avoid a salary arbitration hearing in February, a source told ESPN.  —  Machado, 25, is a three-time All-Star with two Gold Gloves over parts of six seasons with the Orioles.
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Orioles Avoid Arbitration With Zach Britton, Brad Brach  —  3:04pm: Baltimore has also avoided arbitration with righty Brad Brach, Connolly tweets.  He'll earn $5.165MM, just shy of his $5.2MM projection.  —  Infielder Tim Beckham ($3.35MM) and catcher Caleb Joseph ($1.25MM) also have deals in place, per Connolly (Twitter links).
Globe and Mail:
Jays sign Josh Donaldson to one-year, $23-million contract  —  Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $23 million (U.S.), one-year contact, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.  —  The new deal gives the 2015 AL MVP a $6 million raise.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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ESPN:   Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson reach $23M deal for 2018 season
Associated Press:
Yankees settle with six players, on track to get under tax line  —  NEW YORK — The Yankees reached one-year contracts with their remaining six players eligible for arbitration on Friday, leaving their projected luxury-tax payroll at $177 million — $20 million below the threshold.
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Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Yu Darvish refutes report that Yankees offered him long-term contract  —  Yu says it's not true.  —  After revealing earlier in the week that the Yankees were on his list of six teams he's considering in free agency, Yu Darvish took to Twitter again on Friday to refute a report that the Bombers recently made him a long-term offer.
John Harper / New York Daily News:   What Brian Cashman can do to help Yankees' chances of landing Yu Darvish
John Harper / New York Daily News:
Eduardo Nunez would give the Mets the speed and athleticism they need  —  During many an off-the-record chat at his locker, Alex Rodriguez loved to play fantasy GM and tell me what he'd do if he were in charge.  And the one guy he was always insisting should play more was Eduardo Nunez.
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Bill Madden / New York Daily News:   Mets' Jay Bruce signing just latest example of MLB's frozen free-agent market
Matt Ehalt / NorthJersey.com:   Mets have added quality reliever and power bat, but still have open spot for infielder
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals, Ozuna avoid arbitration with $9 million deal for 2018  —  ST. LOUIS  • With the Cardinals relatively new hard-line stance when it comes to arbitration-eligible players, Friday afternoon's deadline had greater resonance because it wasn't just a pause in negotiations any more.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Wainwright heads into final year of contract with renewed fire
ESPN:
Buster Olney's top 10 teams: Are the Astros and Dodgers still baseball's best?  —  Postseason performances have outsize value in Major League Baseball, and this is why David Freese shares emotional space with Bob Gibson in St. Louis, why several generations of New Englanders …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
New York Daily News:
Mets and Matt Harvey avoid arbitration with one-year, $5.625 million deal: report  —  The Mets and Matt Harvey reportedly avoided arbitration on Friday with an agreement on a one-year, $5.625 contract.  —  After a 2017 season marred by injury, a team-mandated suspension and poor pitching …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
 
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