Washington’s Nationals started the winter with seven arbitration-eligible players, but the trade that sent Tanner Roark to the Cincinnati Reds and a 1-year/$850K deal with left-handed reliever Sammy Solis, (who was projected by MLBtraderumors.com to get $900K), left the Nationals with five players whose contracts for the 2019 campaign needed to be sorted out as Friday’s deadline for each side to submit their salary figures approached.
Solis, 30, earned $560,300 in 2018, putting up a 6.41 ERA, 4.92 FIP, 18 walks (4.12 BB/9), 44 Ks (10.07 K/9), and .277/.367/.490 line against in 39 1⁄3 innings pitched (with a .224/.337/.382 line vs RHBs and a rough .329/.398/.595 line vs LHBs) on the season.
Joe Ross, (who was projected to get $1.5M in arbitration) and the Nationals agreed to what is reportedly a 1-year/$1M deal on Thursday, and as the deadline passed today, there was a deal with Trea Turner announced which will pay the 25-year-old shortstop $3.725M in 2019 (significantly less than the $5.2M MLBTR projected, though it is significantly more than the $577,200 he earned in 2018).
Ross, 25, earned $567,900 in 2018, as he rehabbed from Tommy John, eventually working his way back to the majors. He’s expected to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation this Spring, though he’ll be limited somewhat in his first full season back from the surgery.
Turner, in his fourth major league season, put up a .271/.344/.416 line with 27 doubles, six triples, 19 home runs, 43 stolen bases, and 105 wRC+ in a 4.8 fWAR campaign, appearing, for the first time in his career, in all 162 games.
Several hours after the deadline passed, there were reports that Rendon avoided arbitration as well, agreeing to what is reportedly an $18.8M salary for what could be his final season in a Nationals uniform. MLBTR projected a $17.6M salary for the third baseman.
With Solis, Ross, Rendon, and Turner’s contracts for 2019 settled, reliever Kyle Barraclough, and outfielder Michael A. Taylor are the two remaining arbitration-eligible players whose salaries for ‘19 haven’t been agreed upon as of Friday afternoon, though the team and players can still avoid arbitration by working out contracts before hearings are held.
Rendon, whose representatives are reportedly once again in negotiations with the Nationals on a potential long-term deal that would keep him in the nation’s capital, is set to hit free agency next winter if he and the organization that selected him in the 1st Round of the 2011 Draft don’t work out a long-term extension.
As a 27-going-on-28-year-old last season, Rendon earned $12.3M, after he and the Nationals avoided arbitration for the third straight year.
Rendon put up a .308/.374/.535 line, 44 doubles, 24 homers, and 140 wRC+ over 136 games and 597 PAs in a 6.3 fWAR campaign.
Barraclough, 28, was acquired from the Miami Marlins in return for international slot value back in October, coming off 2018 campaign in which he put up a 4.20 ERA, a 4.98 FIP, 34 walks (5.50 BB/9), 60 strikeouts (9.70 K/9), and a .194/.325/.350 line against in 55 2⁄3 innings (.172/.308/.299 vs lefties; .215/.341/.396 vs righties).
MLBTR projected a raise to $1.9M for the right-hander, who earned $1.113M in 2018 with the Fish.
Taylor, who’ll turn 28 in March, put up a .227/.287/.357 line with 22 doubles, three triples, six home runs, and 71 wRC+ in 134 games and 385 PAs as a part-time outfielder who ended up the odd man out in the Nationals’ outfield.
Taylor earned $577,200 in 2018, and was projected by MLBTR to get a raise to around $3.2M in arbitration this winter.
We’ll update this post if more info on Taylor or Barraclough comes out, or if/when the salaries submitted by each side are made public...