The White Sox Have No Remaining Arbitration-Eligible Players 1/17/14
NEW YORK - Closer Bobby Parnell and left fielder Eric Young Jr. have agreed to one-year deals to avoid arbitration with the Mets. Parnell is getting a $3.7 million, one-year contract while Young's pact is worth $1.85 million. The agreements leave Lucas Duda (DOO'-duh), Dillon Gee and Daniel Murphy as the last Mets players in arbitration.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay has worked out deals with its six players remaining in arbitration. Pitchers Jeremy Hellickson, Jake McGee and Cesar Ramos, outfielder Matt Joyce, catcher Jose Lobaton and infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez have all agreed to one-year contracts. Hellickson leads the way after starting 31 games last season, going 12-10 with a 5.17 earned run average.
HOUSTON - The Astros say they've agreed to terms on one-year contracts with All-Star catcher Jason Castro and utility player Jesus Guzman. The 26-year-old Castro hit .276 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs in 120 games, setting single-season team records for a catcher with his homers, doubles, runs scored and extra-base hits.
Terms were not disclosed. Castro and Guzman were the only two unsigned Astros players eligible for salary arbitration.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals have agreed to one-year deals with first baseman Eric Hosmer, right-hander Luke Hochevar (HOH'-chay-vur) and utility man Emilio Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH'-see-oh) to avoid going to arbitration. Hosmer, who made just $528,250 last season, received the biggest bump to $3.6 million with a $50,000 bonus if he makes his first All-Star team. Hochevar will make $5.21 million while being eligible for up to $400,000 in incentives.
CLEVELAND - The Indians avoided salary arbitration with reliever Marc Rzepczynski (zep-CHIN'-skee) by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,375,000. The left-hander posted a 0.89 ERA in 27 games last season for the Indians, which acquired Rzepczynski on July 30 from St. Louis.
The Indians haven't gone to an arbitration hearing since 1991.
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with all six players who had filed for arbitration, including third baseman Pedro Alvarez and second baseman Neil Walker. The group also includes reliever Mark Melancon, first baseman Gaby Sanchez, outfielder Travis Snider and right-handed reliever Vin Mazzaro .
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics have agreed to one-year contracts with four players in arbitration: infielders Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss, outfielder Craig Gentry and reliever Luke Gregerson. The only Oakland player remaining in arbitration is right fielder Josh Reddick.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Two players have come to terms on a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, thus avoiding salary arbitration. The players are pitchers Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando. Feliz, who returned in August from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, may take over the closer role with the departure of Joe Nathan.