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The Opener: Chisholm, Rodriguez, Padres

With the calendar now flipped to February, listed here are three issues we’ll be maintaining a tally of across the baseball world right now:

1. Jazz, Marlins ready on arb resolution:

The Marlins and heart fielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. went to arbitration yesterday after Chisholm requested a wage of $2.9MM for the 2024 season whereas Miami countered with a proposal of $2.625MM. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projected Chisholm for a $2.8MM wage again in October. Chisholm, who celebrates his twenty sixth birthday right now, is eligible for arbitration for the primary time in his profession on the heels of an honest platform season in 2023 that noticed him slash .250/.304/.457 with 19 homers and 22 stolen bases in 97 video games whereas changing from his earlier position as a center infielder to grow to be a full-time heart fielder. After a again harm restricted him to 60 video games in 2022, he was hampered by foot and indirect accidents in 2023.

Chisholm isn’t the primary participant to go to arbitration this 12 months, as the primary case heard was that of Orioles outfielder Austin Hays, who requested a $6.3MM wage in opposition to Baltimore’s $5.85MM supply. But a choice on Chisholm’s case is predicted to be handed down as quickly as right now, whereas a ruling on Hays might take a while. As famous by the Associated Press, MLB’s arbitration panel isn’t prone to announce a ruling on Hays till different second-time eligible outfielders like Angels outfielder Taylor Ward and Astros utility participant Mauricio Dubon have had both settled or gone by means of their hearings.

2. Rodriguez ready on visa:

It’s been two weeks now because the Blue Jays and right-hander Yariel Rodriguez got here collectively on a four-year, $32MM deal that will convey Rodriguez to the majors for the primary time in his profession. The deal nonetheless hasn’t been made official, nevertheless. As indicated by reporter Francys Romero, Rodriguez has not but been capable of safe a visa that will permit him to enter both Canada or the United States. While he’ll in fact ultimately want approval from each nations to play within the majors, Romero provides that Rodriguez will bear a bodily in whichever nation first points him a visa.

The 26-year-old didn’t pitch outdoors of the World Baseball Classic in 2023 as he labored to grow to be eligible for MLB free company, however he posted a blinding 1.15 ERA in 56 reduction appearances for the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball again in 2022. Assuming the bodily goes properly, the Jays might want to make a corresponding transfer to clear area for Rodriguez on their 40-man roster.

3. What’s subsequent for the Padres?

San Diego reportedly landed left-handed reduction arm Wandy Peralta on a four-year deal that comes with a trio of opt-outs yesterday. A corresponding transfer received’t be needed for the Padres upon the deal changing into official, because the membership’s 40-man roster presently stands at simply 36. The settlement is the newest of a number of strikes by the membership to bolster its bullpen following the departure of nearer Josh Hader, who signed with the Astros on a five-year deal final month. In addition to Peralta, San Diego has inked Yuki Matsui and Woo Suk Go to huge league free agent offers to date this winter. It’s considerably shocking to see the Padres proceed specializing in reduction depth, given their long-discussed budgetary restraints this winter and the variety of wants elsewhere on the roster such because the outfield, the beginning rotation, and their first base/DH combine. Will San Diego now flip its consideration to different areas of the roster over the ultimate two weeks earlier than Spring Training begins?


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