My twitter feed and my Facebook page are filled with one liners this morning.
All of them are basically written in exactly this form: [Team] avoids arbitration with [Player].
The Brew Crew, the Phillies, the Braves*, Cleveland, Texas…
I have good news for you, sports fans.**
THE GIANTS HAVE AVOIDED ARBITRATION…
With Melky Cabrera [he's the guy we got from Kansas City for Jonathan Sanchez] and Angel Pagan [he's the guy we got from the Mets for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez].
One year and $6M to Melky. One year and $4.8M to Angel. I’m glad to see that they actually do seem to be showing some restraint when it comes to these new guys. We very well could have jumped all over Melky Cabrera with a six year contract, or some insane rubbish like that, after the season he had last year [.305 BA, 44 2B, 18 HR, 87 Ribbies...]. But we didn’t.
So of our 2012 arbitration eligible players, something like 102 are still without a contract. I’m not mentioning his name. I’m not. I’m not.
But one thing of note in his particular case – Cole Hamels signed [to avoid arbitration!] a one-year contract with the Phillies today for $15M. Just keep these numbers in your head. If T-Lince’s case goes to court, the arbitrators will be looking at similar players when picking a number.
Okay, so I mentioned his name. But I’m not going to again.
I WILL mention another name, though.
Giants’ Gregor Blanco won the MVP of “la Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional.” - Otherwise known, in English, as the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. The article is in Spanish, but that’s okay. I can translate. Or you can go with Google’s translating services. But they want you to believe his name is Gregor White, so…
The 28 year old Outfielder, playing for the La Guaira Sharks, held the fourth highest batting average in the league (at .337), was a leader in runs scored (with 47), hit 15 doubles, 5 triples, an on base percentage [OBP] of .478 and a slugging percentage of .520.
Blanco was originally signed as a Free Agent by the Braves in 2000, the Giants scooped him up out of Free Agency in November 2011. And he’ll be arbitration eligible after the 2012 season. Aren’t you sick of the word arbitration yet? I know I am.
OH! ON TV!
Do not forget – DO NOT FORGET – to set your DVRs to tape CSN-BA tonight at 9 PM. Inside the Clubhouse is going to include some bits about our newest draftees: Ricky Oropesa [@RickyOropesa], Andrew Susac [@andrewsusac] and Kyle Crick [@K_Crick49].
They also may mention some other little known guys, like Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez.
[Also, follow @TorinSimpson on Twitter, if you're not, and thank him for his awesome production capabilities when it comes to ItC. The word "god" comes to mind.]
*Look, I know you guys call yourself The Tribe and all, but that Tomahawk Chop is just plain racist. Can you stop now?
** I can’t really say that here like I can in real life, because if you’re reading this you probably are a sports fan, and it just doesn’t have the same ring to it.