Royals' Danny Duffy: Signs five-year extension with Royals
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(2:05 pm ET) Duffy agreed to a five-year, $65 million extension with the Royals on Monday, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports.

On a per start basis, Duffy was one of the best pitchers in the American League last season. His 20 percent K-BB% ranked eighth among qualified starters last season, ahead of pitchers like Corey Kluber, Chris Archer and David Price. He has not proven he can log 200-plus innings in a season, but if he does that in 2017, he will turn out to be a draft day bargain. This deal allows the Royals to lock in Duffy on what could turn out to be a very team-friendly contract, while also giving Duffy financial stability.


Mariners' James Paxton: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Paxton agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

This was Paxton's first year as an arbitration-eligible player. The terms of the agreement were not announced. He is a trendy breakout candidate this season, as he showed velocity gains and posted a 2.80 FIP in 20 starts last season, which was not reflected in his 3.79 ERA.


Mariners' Drew Smyly: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Smyly agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

He was just traded from Tampa Bay to Seattle, in large part because the Rays did not want to pay him in arbitration. This was Smyly's second year as an arbitration-eligible player. The terms of the agreement were not announced. He should improve, at least slightly, on his numbers from last season with the Rays, and should receive more run support while spending less time in the harsh pitching conditions of the AL East.


Yankees' Michael Pineda: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Pineda agreed to a one-year, $7.4 million deal with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

Coming off a year in which he posted a 27.4 percent strikeout rate, which was eighth best among qualified starters, Pineda earned a $3.1 million raise over what he made in 2016. While the strikeouts are nice, his 4.82 ERA and 1.35 WHIP tell a different story. If he can cut down on the hard contact (1.38 HR/9, .339 BABIP), he could be a very valuable fantasy starter, but he is now coming off back-to-back seasons where the production was much worse than the peripherals.


Red Sox's Tyler Thornburg: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Thornburg agreed to a one-year deal with the Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

Terms of the agreement were not available. After notching 13 saves for the Brewers in 2016, Thornburg will be asked to serve as setup man for Craig Kimbrel in Boston this season.


White Sox's Miguel Gonzalez: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Gonzalez signed a one-year, $5.9 million deal with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

Gonzalez was a bit of a late bloomer, which is why he is still going through the arbitration process at age 32. He enters a contract year with a secure spot in the White Sox's rotation, and will look to outpitch his peripherals for the fifth time in six years.


Orioles' Chris Tillman: Avoids arbitration with Orioles
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(1/13/2017) Tillman and the Orioles avoided arbitration with a $10.05 million deal on Friday, Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.

Tillman will be rewarded with a raise of nearly $4 million after one of the stronger seasons of his career. He registered a 3.77 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 172 innings during 2016. This will be the 28-year-old's final round of arbitration, with him likely to hit free agency next offseason.


Rays' Alex Cobb: Avoids arbitration with Rays
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(1/13/2017) Cobb and the Rays avoided arbitration with a $4.2 million deal, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Cobb's return from Tommy John surgery went less than well in 2016, allowing an 8.59 ERA in five starts. He could still easily bounce back from that in 2017, but it could be a red flag for his recovery. Considering this is probably his final round of arbitration, his 2017 season will be vital to his career as he hits free agency at the end of the year.


Indians' Danny Salazar: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Salazar agreed to a one-year, $3.4 million contract with the Indians on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Salazar was cruising through what looked destined to be a career year, posting sub-2.50 ERAs in each of the first three months. Unfortunately, elbow and forearm issues derailed his season. While Salazar did make it back for the World Series, he served as a long-reliever rather than as a starter. If 100 percent healthy, he should return to the rotation his spring.


Angels' Garrett Richards: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Richards (elbow) agreed to a one-year, $6.85 million contract with the Angels on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The right-hander missed the final five months of the 2016 season after being diagnosed with a torn UCL. He opted to forego Tommy John surgery and instead try stem-cell therapy. It sounds like Richards is on track to be ready for the start of the year, but manager Mike Scioscia has already said that Richards' pitch counts and innings workload will be monitored carefully.


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