April 17, 2021

Quick Hits: Record Contracts, Springer, Realmuto, Robot Umpires, Royals Front Office Changes (MLB Trade Rumors)


It was a busy filing day around baseball, with multiple arbitration records topped and 15 unresolved cases headed towards hearings if deals aren’t brokered in the coming days. Two notable record highs carried the day for players, noted MLB.com’s Mark FeinsandCody Bellinger took home the highest-ever salary for a first-time arb-eligible player, while Mookie Bettsone-year, $27MM deal eclipsed Nolan Arenado’s previous record figure for a single season salary under the arbitration umbrella. Some significant battles loom, however…

  • George Springer will join the list of the top ten richest one-year contracts no matter how his case is resolved. J.T. Realmuto, meanwhile, has elevated his case to the level of political statement as he tries to set a new market for all catchers, per @fntsyradio host Craigh Mish. Yasmani Grandal made a similar case last year in justifying his decision to accept a single season deal in Milwaukee over a multiyear offer from the Mets. Hard to know if…



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