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Associated Press:
MLB arbitration: Mookie Betts, Jacob deGrom and Khris Davis land big pay raises  —  Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts follows through with his third home run of the game against the Royals during the seventh inning of a game May 2, 2018, in Boston.  (Elise Amendola / Associated Press)
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Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Aaron Nola, Trevor Story likely to join Luis Severino in arbitration hearings  —  Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and Philadelphia Phillies ace Aaron Nola did not reach settlements on one-year deals for the 2019 season and are expected to head to arbitration hearings to determine their salaries …
Associated Press:
Slugger Davis, A's reach agreement on $16.5M, 1-yr deal  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Athletics slugger Khris Davis is getting a $6 million raise after leading the majors in home runs last season.  —  Davis reached agreement Friday with Oakland on a $16.5 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration.
Newsday:
Mets avoid arbitration with everyone; Jacob deGrom to get $17M in 2019  —  The Cy Young Award winner ends up with the biggest raise ($9.6 million) for a third-year arbitration player.  —  The Mets have avoided arbitration with all eligible players — reaching a record-breaking deal …
Matt Ehalt / USA Today:
Jacob deGrom gets record contract; Mets still hopeful for long-term extension
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Jacob deGrom and the Mets avoid arbitration as Cy Young winner accepts $17M for 2019
SNY:
Mets Arbitration Tracker: Jacob deGrom receives record raise
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Does DJ LeMahieu take Yankees out of Manny Machado mix?  —  Just like that, we have Brian Dozier to the Nationals, Jed Lowrie to the Mets and DJ LeMahieu to the Yankees, the free-agent second basemen suddenly dropping like fruit flies.  —  The second-base market was always going to be intriguing given …
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Pete Caldera / USA Today:   Yankees' addition of DJ LeMahieu casts more doubt on potential Manny Machado signing
Scott Chiusano / New York Daily News:   Manny Machado's camp wants you to think there's a mystery team in the mix: report
Scott Lauber / Philly.com:
Phillies hire Manny Machado's mentor as infield coach, as pursuit of megastar free agents heats up
Discussion: South Side Sox and NESN.com
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:   Zach Britton has one thing on his mind by returning to the Yankees …
Brendan Kuty / New Jersey Online:   Why Manny Machado's HS coach thinks he'll pick White Sox, spurn Yankees; defends work ethic
Chicago Tribune:   Manny Machado's high school coach thinks he'll choose the White Sox
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals avoid arbitration with Ozuna, Wacha, Leone  —  Marcell Ozuna's one-year deal calling for him to receive $12.25 million next season, which avoided arbitration Friday, is believed to be the highest one-year contract for a Cardinals position player, just ahead of Lance Berkman's $12 million for one year in 2012.
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Associated Press:
Angels reach deals with last 6 arbitration-eligible players
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and ESPN
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cards hope to complete one-year deals with Ozuna, Wacha before Friday's arbitration deadline
Associated Press:
Mariners reach 1-year deal with Elias to avoid arbitration  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Roenis Elias and the Seattle Mariners have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract for $910,000.  —  The left-hander was 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA in four starts and 19 relief appearances last season, when he made $598,000.
Maria Torres / Baltimore Sun:
Dodgers trade for catcher Russell Martin  —  Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin tries to tag Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor at the plate on Oct. 9, 2015.  (Frank Gunn / Canadian Press / Associated Press)  —  The Dodgers on Friday found a solution for their vacancy at catcher …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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Associated Press:   MLB notebook: Phelps has deal with Blue Jays
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Acquire Russell Martin
Associated Press:
Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians reach deal for $10.55M; Trevor Bauer swaps figures  —  The Indians avoid arbitration with their three-time All-Star shortstop  —  CLEVELAND (AP) - All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians have reached agreement at $10.55 million for a 2019 contract …
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Indians Avoid Arbitration With Francisco Lindor
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Associated Press:
Twins reach deals with eight players to avoid arbitration  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Right-hander Kyle Gibson and left fielder Eddie Rosario were among eight Minnesota Twins players who avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to one-year contracts Friday.  —  Gibson and Rosario received hefty raises.
Associated Press:
Brewers reach $5.1M deal with Corey Knebel  —  MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $5,125,000 deal for 2019 with reliever Corey Knebel.  —  The Brewers avoided arbitration with all their remaining players who were eligible, including Knebel, who went 4-3 with a 3.58 ERA …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Michael Fulmer could stand in way of Tigers arbitration-free streak  —  Who will start for the Detroit Tigers in 2019 after their offseason acquisitions  —  The streak is still intact — for now.  —  But with the Detroit Tigers and right-handed starting pitcher Michael Fulmer failing …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers prospect Gregory Soto suspended 20 games by MLB
Evan Drellich / NBCSports.com:
Avoiding arbitration with all players gives Red Sox cost certainty  —  BOSTON — Besides avoiding the overstated acrimony and understated hassle of an arbitration hearing, the Red Sox on Friday arrived in a potentially helpful position for the rest of their offseason.
Discussion: Boston Herald
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Rob Bradford / WEEI:
The year anniversary of the Red Sox unearthing a potential closer
Discussion: Over the Monster
Associated Press:
Nationals avoid arbitration with Rendon, Turner  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with two star infielders, reaching an $18.8 million deal with Anthony Rendon and a $3,725,000 agreement with Trea Turner.  —  The one-year deals Friday with Rendon and Turner left …
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
D-backs avoid arbitration with Ahmed, Peralta, 7 others  —  FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018 file photo Oakland Athletics' Khris Davis follows through on his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, in Anaheim, Calif. Davis …
 
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