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APNewsBreak: Storen among arbitration players

APNewsBreak: Storen among arbitration players

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Washington reliever Drew Storen, who failed to hold a ninth-inning lead against St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series, is among six extra players eligible for salary arbitration this winter under baseball's new labor contract.

San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, New York Mets catcher Josh Thole, Tampa Bay outfielder Sam Fuld, Colorado outfielder Tyler Colvin and Arizona third baseman Chris Johnson also are eligible because of the new deal, Major League Baseball and the players' union agreed Tuesday.

``I was actually aware that the new rule allowed me to be eligible,'' Storen said in an email to The Associated Press. ``I had talked to my agent a few months back when they had an idea of what the cutoff would be. It was something last year I thought could benefit me along with many other guys. Between the new arbitration rules and raised league minimum, the new CBA really benefits 1-3 year-service guys. It was definitely something I was happy about. Little did I know it was going to be such a close call to become eligible.''

Under the labor contract agreed to last November, the top 22 percent of players by service time with at least two years but less than three are eligible for arbitration along with the 3-to-6 year players. From 1991 through last year, the top 17 percent in the 2-to-3-year group had been eligible.

The cutoff was 2 years, 139 days, down from what would have been 2 years, 144 days under the old rule. Seattle outfielder Michael Saunders still fell one day short.

Others eligible this winter in the so-called Super 2s group are San Francisco catcher Buster Posey and outfielder Gregor Blanco; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis and reliever Ronald Belisario; Baltimore left-handers Brian Matusz and Troy Patton; Milwaukee closer John Axford; Mets first baseman Ike Davis; Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker; Los Angeles Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen; Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss; Nationals reliever Craig Stamman; Atlanta pitcher Cristhian Martinez; Philadelphia reliever David Herndon; Cincinnati outfielder Chris Heisey and reliever Logan Ondrusek; Minnesota catcher Drew Butera; Miami catcher Brett Hayes; Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena; and Kansas City pitcher Blake Wood.

Under the new rules, all players tied for the last slot become eligible.

``Roger Bernadina last year was a guy who was a tie, but missed it because the old rules did not allow that to happen,'' Storen said of his Nationals teammate. ``That would be pretty frustrating to be in his shoes in that situation.''

Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy missed by three days, costing him $2 million. If had been arbitration-eligible, his contract called for his 2013 salary to escalate from $750,000 to $1.9 million, for his 2014 and 2015 pay to rise by $300,000 a year and for 2016 to go up by $250,000.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro would have been eligible but agreed in August to a $60 million, seven-year contract. Matusz's contract includes a $700,000 team option, but he can void it because he is arbitration eligible.


AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich in Washington, D.C., contributed to this record.

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Manny Machado maintains big lead among A.L. shortstops

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Manny Machado maintains big lead among A.L. shortstops

Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado took an even larger lead in the latest update for 2018 MLB All-Star Game voting.

The superstar shortstop maintained his position at the top of American League shortstops in the second round of All-Star voting updates, released Tuesday morning. 

After the first ballot was released, Machado led the shortstops category by over 100,00 votes.

This week, he now holds north of a 200,000-vote lead over last year’s American League starter, Carlos Correa.

The Astros’ Correa jumped from fourth to second this past week while the Indians’ Francisco Lindor dropped to third.  

Machado now has 671,133 votes, seventh among all American League players. For the second straight week, Machado remained the only Orioles player on the list.

Through 69 games in 2018, Machado is batting .310 with 18 home runs, 15 doubles and 53 RBIs. He is posting his best OPS (.945) and on-base percentage (.377) in his career, a bright spot for the O’s, who sit dead last in MLB with a 20-50 record.

The All-Star voting will be open until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and fans can vote five times every 24 hours.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 26.


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2018 MLB All-Star Game Voting Results: Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes


2018 MLB All-Star Game Voting Results: Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.

Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor. 

No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders. 

The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.