Padres avoid arbitration with five players

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The San Diego Padres reached agreements with all five arbitration-eligible players before Friday’s arbitration deadline, according to Kevin Acee and A.J. Cassavell.

All arbitration deals are for one year.

This keeps the streak alive for general manager A.J. Preller, as he has yet to go to an arbitration hearing in his tenure with the Padres.

Reliever Emilio Pagan first agreed with the Padres at $1.57 million.

Pagan got off to a slow start in 2020 for San Diego. Pagan went on the injured list with a bicep injury in the middle of the season but came back in time to perform well down the stretch and in the postseason. With both Kirby Yates and Trevor Rosenthal departing for free agency, Pagan will be a vital part of the bullpen in 2021.

Catcher Victor Caratini then agreed with the Padres at $1.3 million.

The Padres acquired Caratini along with Yu Darvish in December. Caratini is considered Darvish’s personal catcher and will likely act as the backup catcher for Austin Nola, whom the Padres acquired at the trade deadline in 2020.

In his first year of arbitration, Dinelson Lamet received a sturdy contract along with a steep pay raise as he and the Padres agreed to $4.2 million.

After missing the entire 2018 season and the first half of 2019, Lamet dominated in 2020. He finished in fourth place for the NL Cy Young Award, third in ERA, second in WHIP, and fourth in strikeouts. An injury late in the season leaves his status for 2021 up in the air, but he has been seen throwing on various social media platforms.

Tommy Pham agreed with the Padres at $8.9 million.

Rumors speculated that the Padres considered non-tendering Pham, but ultimately the team decided to keep him on the roster.

Pham came over to the Padres along with Jake Cronenworth in December of 2019. Pham is notably a winner in the MLB, and that trend continued in 2020. He is often credited for his role in the clubhouse as a leader, helping the Padres win even as he struggled at the plate and broken hamate bone in August,

He made headlines earlier this offseason for an incident that resulted in him getting stabbed in the back. He recovered after surgery, but the situation was far from ideal. Pham will become a free agent after the 2021 season.

Lastly, the Padres settled with Dan Altavilla at $850,000.

San Diego acquired Altavilla in the large trade that also included Nola, Taylor Trammell, and a few other young Padres players. Altavilla did not play a huge role in the Padres bullpen, but he only allowed three runs in 8 ⅔ innings. Like Pagan, he will serve a bigger role with the departure of Yates and Rosenthal.

According to Jeff Sanders, the projected payroll for the Padres is $151.4 million after the settlements.

There are still some potential moves for the Padres, so that total is not set in stone.

1 thought on “Padres avoid arbitration with five players

  1. Nice recap!

    I like seeing the roster broken down like that with attached payroll. There are a few players on their, besides the obvious Tatis, that I’d like to see extended early. I think Trent Grisham is one worthy of a contract to keep him here for the next few years, past his controllable arb years.

    For Pham… I don’t see him worthy of $8.9. I hope he proves me wrong.

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