Randy Arozarena, Yordan Alvarez, Bo Bichette among 16 with renewed MLB deals
MLB Rookie of the Year winners Randy Arozarena and Yordan Alvarez and All-Star shortstop Bo Bichette were among 16 players whose contracts were renewed by their teams rather than reaching negotiated deals.
Arozarena, the 2021 American League ROY-elect outfielder, was paid $716,600 for 2022 while in the major leagues by the Tampa Bay Rays, according to contract information obtained by The Associated Press. That’s up from $581,200 last season. He hit .274 with 20 home runs, 69 RBIs and an .815 OPS.
Álvarez, the designated hitter and outfielder for the Houston Astros was voted the unanimous winner of the 2019 AL Rookie Award, received a salary of $764,600, up from $609,000 last year. He hit .277 last year with 33 homers, 104 RBIs and an .877 OPS.
Bichette received a salary of $723,550, up from $587,800 last year, when he also earned a $10,000 bonus for making the all-star team. He hit .298 with 29 homers, 102 RBI, an AL-leading 191 hits and an OPS of .828.
Atlanta right-hander Ian Anderson was renewed at $710,000 after going five hitless and scoreless innings to win Game 3 of the World Series against Houston. It had been renewed at $575,500 last year.
Others whose contracts were renewed before Wednesday’s deadline were Washington wide receiver Tres Barrera ($700,000), Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Matt Beaty ($730,000), St Louis Dylan Carlson ($703,000), Texas outfielder Adolis García ($714,000), Colorado southpaw. Austin Gomber ($710,000), Boston right-hander Tanner Houck ($716,000), Toronto right-hander Alek Manoah ($706,200), Oakland left-hander AJ Puk ($705,000), Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles ($700,000), San Francisco right-hander Logan Webb ($730,000), Baltimore right-hander Tyler Wells ($704,500) and Milwaukee right-hander Devin Williams ($714,500).
Renewals were up from eight last year, which was among the lowest annual totals.
Toles was placed on the shortlist in March 2019 and briefly extended during spring training that year, but did not play. He was arrested in June 2020 for misdemeanor trespassing in Key West, Florida.
All would have lower pay rates if assigned to the minor leagues, ranging from $114,100 for Barrera to $340,550 for Williams.
Players have the right to enter salary arbitration once they have three years of major league service or are in the top 17% in terms of service time among those who are at least two years old and less than three. They can become free agents once they have six seasons.
After renewing their contracts for 2021 and becoming eligible for arbitration this year, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso agreed to a $7.4 million salary, up from $676,775 when renewed last season. last after winning the National League Rookie of the Year. Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber has signed a $6 million contract after being renewed at $679,700 last year as the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner.
The minimum wage has been increased from $570,500 to $700,000 under the new collective agreement.
A new $50 million annual bonus pool is established in the agreement for players not yet eligible for arbitration, and the Rookie of the Year award will be worth $750,000. Winning MVP or Cy Young would be worth $2.5 million.
Álvarez was part of last year’s all-MLB second team, which would earn a $500,000 bonus starting this year. The All-MLB first team would be worth $1 million. The vote for last year’s all-MLB team was determined 50% by fan vote and 50% by vote from a media panel whose members have not been publicly identified.