Friday brought a major deadline in the arbitration process, as any players who hadn’t yet settled on new contracts had to exchange salary demands with their teams. The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with four arbitration-eligible players on Friday, the team announced, leaving only one player unsigned.
- SS Marcus Semien, $3.125M (via Jon Heyman, FanRag)
- RHP Blake Treinen, $2.15M (via Robert Murray, FanRag)
- RHP Liam Hendriks, $1.9M (via Melissa Lockard, Oakland Clubhouse)
- C Josh Phegley, $905,000 (via Heyman)
And still awaiting an agreement:
- RHP Kendall Graveman: $2.6M vs. $2.36M (via Heyman)
All of these players were already guaranteed to receive contracts for 2018, so Friday’s news is just that they’ve now put numbers on those pacts. Graveman will either settle in the coming days/weeks, or go to a hearing in front of a panel to debate between the figures offered by each side. Last winter the A’s went to a hearing with Khris Davis over a difference of $350,000, and Khrush won the case.
Oakland entered the offseason with eight players eligible for arbitration, and seven have now come to terms. The full list, including a comparison with the previous estimates from MLB Trade Rumors:
Good showing by MLBTR this year on their estimates!
The A’s payroll now stands at around $56 million, including the MLBTR figures for Graveman. That still leaves room for another addition or two, even though the final tally isn’t expected to go over $70 million. Oakland remains in the market for a new left-handed reliever, reports Susas Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle.