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Date Player
1/16/2017 Michael Saunders, Phi, LF
The Phillies and Saunders have agreed to a one-year contract worth $9 million. The deal also contains an $11 million option with a $1 million buyout for 2018.

Analysis: Saunders wasn't able to get the big deal he was seeking after hitting a career-high 24 homers while batting .253 with 57 RBIs in a personal-best 140 games with Toronto last season. The 30-year-old Canadian still should bolster a Philadelphia outfield that severely lacked power in 2016.
1/16/2017 Danny Duffy, KC, P
Duffy and the Royals have agreed on a five-year, $65 million contract that will keep the left-hander under team control through 2021.

Analysis: The 27-year-old began last season in the bullpen but later emerged as the team's most dependable starter during a year in which he finished 12-3 with a 3.51 ERA and a career-high 188 strikeouts. The Royals went 17-9 in Duffy's starts. Duffy was scheduled to become a free agent following the 2017 campaign.
1/16/2017 José Bautista, Tor, RF
Bautista and the Blue Jays are reportedly closing in on a deal that will keep the popular outfielder in Toronto.

Analysis: A return always seemed possible with Bautista fetching only passing interest from other teams due to his age and the fact that he received a qualifying offer from the Jays. Though he's coming off a down year in which he hit .234 with 22 homers and 69 RBIs while battling injuries, the 36-year-old would help keep Toronto's offense potent despite the offseason departure of fellow slugger Edwin Encarnacion.
1/14/2017 Xander Bogaerts, Bos, SS
Bogaerts agreed to a $4.5 million salary as seven Boston players avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year deals with the Red Sox.

Analysis: Bogaerts posted career highs last year in home runs (21), on-base percentage (.356) and slugging percentage (.446). Bradley hit .267 with 26 homers and 87 RBIs.
1/13/2017 Tyson Ross, Tex, P
Ross and the Rangers agreed on a $6 million, one-year contract Friday.

Analysis: Ross made just one start for San Diego last season because of shoulder problems. The right-hander is 32-53 with a 3.64 ERA in 153 career appearances, including 102 starts. He made 64 starts for the Padres over two seasons in 2014-15, earning 23 of his wins.
1/13/2017 Jake Arrieta, ChC, P
The Cubs and Arrieta have agreed to a $15,637,500, one-year deal.

Analysis: Arrieta went 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA last season, helping Chicago to its first World Series title since 1908. He won the NL Cy Young Award in 2015 and is 54-21 with a 2.52 ERA in three-plus seasons with the Cubs. Arrieta is eligible for free agency after this season.
1/13/2017 Wil Myers, SD, 1B
Myers and the Padres are on the verge of agreeing to a six-year deal worth more than $80 million, multiple outlets reported on Friday.

Analysis: Myers is eligible for arbitration and the arrangement would cover his last three seasons of arbitration and his first three years of free agency. The 26-year-old is now the face of the franchise after a breakout season that included career highs of 28 homers and 94 RBIs. He started the All-Star Game held in San Diego and batted .259.
1/13/2017 Tony Watson, Pit, P
The Pirates and Watson will head to arbitration after failing to agree on contract terms prior to Friday's deadline.

Analysis: Watson earned $3.45 million last season, in which he pitched in at least 68 games for the fifth straight year and ended it as the team's closer following last July's trade of Mark Melancon. The left-hander finished with a career-high 15 saves and a 3.06 ERA after posting ERAs of under 2.00 in each of the previous two seasons. He's expected to compete with newcomer Daniel Hudson for the closer's role this spring.
1/13/2017 Anthony Rendón, Was, 3B
Rendon will earn $5.8 million in his first year as an arbitration-eligible after agreeing to terms with the Nationals.

Analysis: The infielder rebounded from an injury-plagued 2015 campaign to hit .270 with 20 homers, 12 steals and a career-high 85 RBIs in 156 games last season. Rendon earned $2.8 million in 2016.
1/13/2017 Matt Shoemaker, LAA, P
Shoemaker and the Angels have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $3.325 million contract for next season.

Analysis: The right-hander is 32-27 with a 3.80 ERA in three seasons as a regular member of the Angels' rotation, though he's recovering from a skull fracture after being struck in the head by a line drive last September. Shoemaker compiled a 9-13 record and a 3.88 ERA in 27 starts last season.
1/13/2017 Kole Calhoun, LAA, RF
Calhoun will earn $6.35 million next season after avoiding arbitration with the Angels.

Analysis: The 29-year-old delivered a third straight solid season in 2016, batting .271 with 18 home runs and 75 RBIs. Calhoun has averaged 20 homers and 72 RBIs while hitting .266 and winning one Gold Glove over the last three years.
1/13/2017 Garrett Richards, LAA, P
Richards and the Angels have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.85 million contract.

Analysis: The Anaheim ace received a minimal salary increase after having his 2016 season cut short after six starts by a partially torn elbow ligament. The right-hander did avoid surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training. Richards went 15-12 with a 3.65 ERA and 176 strikeouts in 2015.
1/13/2017 Sonny Gray, Oak, P
Gray and the Athletics have agreed to a $3.575 million contract for the 2017 season.

Analysis: The 2015 AL All-Star enters his first arbitration-eligible season seeking to bounce back from a disappointing and injury-plagued campaign. After winning 14 games in each of the previous two seasons and recording a combined 2.91 ERA over that span, Gray slipped to 5-11 with a 5.69 ERA while making just 22 starts due to forearm and back issues.
1/13/2017 Bryce Harper, Was, RF
Harper will earn $13.625 million in 2017 after agreeing to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration with the Nationals.

Analysis: The 2015 NL MVP will nearly triple his $5 million salary from 2016 despite a down season from his award-winning campaign of the previous year. Harper, who hit .330 with 42 homers and 99 RBIs in 2015 but slipped to a .243 average with 24 homers and 86 RBIs last year, has two more seasons of team control before hitting the 2019 market as perhaps the game's most sought-after free agent.
1/13/2017 Cody Allen, Cle, P
Allen and the Indians avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.35 million.

Analysis: Allen, who earned $4.15 million as a first-year arbitration-eligible player in 2016, played a key role in Cleveland's surprise run to the World Series. The 28-year-old closer saved 32 games and recorded a 2.51 ERA in the regular season, then saved six more games and racked up 24 strikeouts in 13 2/3 scoreless innings during the postseason.
1/13/2017 Eric Hosmer, KC, 1B
The Royals and Hosmer have agreed on a $12.25 million contract for the 2017 season, avoiding arbitration with a deal that could take him to free agency.

Analysis: General manager Dayton Moore has long been optimistic that the Royals will be able to sign their homegrown star to a long-term deal, but the price has risen considerably. The 27-year-old All-Star, eligible for free agency after the season, has won three Gold Gloves and flashed more power at the plate last season with a career-high 25 homers and 104 RBIs.
1/13/2017 Dallas Keuchel, Hou, P
Keuchel and the Astros avoided arbitration when the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner agreed Friday to a $9.15 million, one-year contract following a subpar season.

Analysis: The left-hander, who turned 29 on New Year's Day, was 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 26 starts last year and won his third straight Gold Glove after going 20-8 with a career-best 2.48 ERA in 2015.
1/13/2017 Zach Britton, Bal, P
Britton and the Orioles agreed to a one-year deal worth $11.4 million to avoid arbitration.

Analysis: The 29-year-old closer, not eligible for free agency until after the 2018 season, went 47 for 47 in save opportunities last season with a 0.54 ERA. He finished fourth in the Cy Young voting.
1/13/2017 Todd Frazier, CWS, 3B
The White Sox and Frazier have agreed to a $12 million contract for next season, avoiding arbitration.

Analysis: Frazier, a free agent following the 2017 campaign, earned $7.5 million last season and set career highs of 40 homers and 98 RBIs despite batting a career-low .225 in his first year with the White Sox. The two-time All-Star could be a prime trade candidate if rebuilding Chicago is out of the race at next summer's deadline.
1/13/2017 Manny Machado, Bal, 3B
Machado and the Orioles have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $11.5 million.

Analysis: It's a bargain for Baltimore to keep the 24-year-old star, who set career highs last season with 37 homers, 96 RBIs and a .294 batting average.
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