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Cubs avoid arbitration with Kris Bryant

That’s right on the projected valuation produced by the MLBTR/Matt Swartz model, which pegged Bryant at $18.5M. The model seemed to (and did) match up with the real-world situation, as Matt explained in a detailed look at Bryant’s case. It’s a nice raise on his $12.9M salary from 2019.

Yankees, Aaron Judge avoid arbitration with $8.5 million deal

He rediscovered his incredible power in August. Judge hit 16 home runs with a .266/.364/.590 slash line in his final 188 at-bats to finish the regular season. He ended the season with 27 home runs and a .921 OPS in 102 games, but hit just one home run in nine playoff games.

Yankees, James Paxton avoid arbitration on $12.5 million deal

Paxton is coming off a productive season in the middle of New York’s rotation. He posted a 3.82 ERA and 1.28 WHIP across 150.2 innings this past year. If he stays healthy, New York will hope he can build off his strong September when he recorded a 1.05 ERA across 25.2 innings.

Report: Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor gets one-year, $17.5M deal to avoid arbitration

Interestingly, Swartz had anticipated his projection was a bit high. It turned out to be low. As he noted, the difficulty was in sorting out how to handle the positional adjustment for Lindor. While recent raises for lumbering sluggers might have operated as caps for Lindor’s earnings, he obviously could and would have argued that his defensive proficiency should be weighed on the scale. 

Dodgers avoid arbitration with Cody Bellinger, others

Entering 2019, Bellinger had already established himself as a high-quality hitter and versatile defender. But he took things to a whole new level in his age-23 season, slashing a hefty .305/.406/.629 and launching 47 home runs while delivering big value on the bases and with the glove.