I’ve been talking about the game and player-related stuff separately in the Grapefruit Notes posts during spring training, so I’ll keep these posts for more big-picture topics for now.
Earlier this week, we saw two young relief pitchers get locked up to long-term deals, furthering the trend of getting players signed to contracts before their arbitration years begin. Freddy Peralta, a swingman in Milwaukee who wasn’t arb-eligible until after the 2021 season, got a five-year deal worth $15.5 million, while Aaron Bummer, who had a breakout season for the White Sox in 2019, got a five-year deal worth $16 million with two club option years beyond that.
Peralta and Bummer join a growing trend of young players getting locked up to cost-controlled deals in which teams guarantee money upfront in order to save money on free agency years. The two big-name pre-arb signings from earlier this off-season were Luis Robert of the White Sox and Evan White of the Mariners, who received multi-year deals despite still not having played their first game in the Major Leagues yet.
The long-term deals Freddy Peralta and Aaron Bummer signed this week are no anomalies. Teams across baseball are trying to …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation