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Headley asks for big raise, Padres reach 4 deals

Headley asks for big raise, Padres reach 4 deals

SAN DIEGO (AP) Padres third baseman Chase Headley requested a raise of nearly $7 million Friday when players and teams swapped figures in salary arbitration.

Following his breakout season, Headley asked for $10.3 million this year while the Padres offered $7,075,000. The gap of $3,225,000 was the largest for any major leaguer in arbitration.

The 28-year-old Headley had 31 home runs and an NL-best 115 RBIs last season, when he made $3,475,000. He batted .286 with a .376 on-base percentage and finished fifth in MVP voting while winning a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award.

If the sides can't settle, Headley's case would be decided by three-arbitrator panel next month in Phoenix.

San Diego avoided arbitration with four players, agreeing to one-year contracts with right-hander Edinson Volquez, left-hander Joe Thatcher, catcher John Baker and infielder Everth Cabrera.

Volquez went 11-11 with a 4.14 ERA in his first season with the Padres. He will make $5,725,000 next season after earning $2,237,500 in 2012.

Thatcher went 1-4 with a 3.41 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 55 relief appearances for the Padres in 2012. He will earn $1.35 million this season after making $700,000 last year.

Baker hit .238 with 14 RBIs during his first season with the Padres. He will make $930,000 this season after earning $750,000 in 2012.

Cabrera batted .246 with two home runs and had a career-best 44 stolen bases. He gets a raise to $1,275,000, up from $495,600 last season.

The Padres had previously reached a $2,675,000, one-year deal with outfielder Will Venable, who hit .264 with nine home runs and 45 RBIs last year when he made $1,475,000.

Two pitchers exchanged proposed salaries with the Padres.

Clayton Richard asked for a raise from $2,705,000 to $5.5 million, while San Diego countered at $4,905,000. Luke Gregerson requested a raise from $1.55 million to $3.75 million, and the Padres offered $2,875,000.

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Gerardo Parra promises the Nationals will return to the postseason

Gerardo Parra promises the Nationals will return to the postseason

Gerardo Parra will be in Japan for the 2020 baseball season, but that hasn't stopped him from promising big things from his former team. 

In an exclusive interview with the Nationals Talk podcast Parra promised that the Nationals will make a playoff run this season.

"I promise you these guys go to the playoffs this year too because these guys have a great heart. I know Rendon is not there but this is baseball and this is a great team."

His message for his former teammates is simple, "don’t lose the emotion, don’t lose the goofy we have right now in the clubhouse… we worked a lot to do that."

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Parra told Nationals Talk that he is so grateful for his time with the team and in the city. 

As the interview wrapped up, he asked if he could have a moment to say something directly to fans. 

He thanked D.C. and everyone who supported the team during this unforgettable season. He hopes fans do not forget how a children's song brought a whole city together, sports fan or not.  
 
 "Enjoy the moment," said Parra. "And baby shark never forget." 

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Jose Altuve dodges scandal questions but congratulates Nationals on World Series title

Jose Altuve dodges scandal questions but congratulates Nationals on World Series title

Jose Altuve met with the media at the Astros’ annual winter FanFest event over the weekend, the first time he faced reporters since details of Houston’s sign-stealing scheme used in 2017 came to light.

The former AL MVP congratulated the Nationals on beating the Astros in the World Series last October, saying “they deserved it” after topping Houston in seven games.

But while he didn’t shy away from talking about the 2019 World Series, Altuve declined to comment on the 2017 championship for which the Astros were found guilty by MLB of using electronic devices to gain an edge in.

Manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow were suspended for a year before being fired by the Astros last week. Altuve and the other players who were on the Astros’ roster that season were exempt from any punishment handed down by the commissioner’s office.

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