According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and MLB Network, the Colorado Rockies and second baseman DJ LeMahieu have avoided arbitration.
Today is deadline for teams and players to settle on a contract for the 2018 without having to go to arbitration to settle the differences between the two sides. On Thursday, the Rockies avoided arbitration to left-handed reliever Chris Rusin to a contract for 2018 for $1.2875 million and today, the Rockies have been busy as they settled with right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis for $2 million, All-Star center-fielder Charlie Blackmon on a contract for $14 million.
Now, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and MLB Network, second baseman DJ LeMahieu. According to Heyman, the two sides settled on a 2018 salary of $8.5 million.
With the signing of LeMahieu, the Rockies have signed four out of the five arbitration eligible players that they had. The only remaining player is left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup.
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A look at the arbitration eligible signings
For Chad Bettis, the $2 million that he received was a bit higher than the projected arbitration of $1.5 million, falling in line with the Rockies. For Charlie Blackmon, his one-year, $14 million contract earlier in the day, which was a bit above MLB Trade Rumors prediction of $13.4 million.
Left-handed reliever Chris Rusin also signed ahead of arbitration, settling for a one-year, $1,287,500 contract. Rusin’s was a bit lower than the $1.4 million projection. For DJ LeMahieu, he also settled for a contract lower than what MLB Trade Rumors expected as they projected that he would be at $8.8 million.
If you want to check out all of the signings of arbitration eligible players, check MLBTR’s list out right here. Also, you can check out the unresolved contracts that will go to arbitration over at MLBTR’s as they have a complete list of them right here.