PITTSBURGH (AP) First basemen Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez have agreed to one-year contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirate, while second baseman Neil Walker and right-hander James McDonald swapped proposed salaries with the team in arbitration.
Jones, who also plays right field, got a raise from $2.25 million to $4.5 million after losing last winter in arbitration, where he had asked for $2.5 million. He hit .274 with a career-high 27 homers and 86 RBIs, which matched his 2006 total.
Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Sanchez received a hike from $483,000 to $1.75 million after batting .241 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 116 big league at-bats.
Walker and McDonald also are eligible for the first time. Walker asked for $3.6 million and was offered $3 million, and McDonald asked for $3.4 million and was offered $2.65 million.
If agreements are not reached, hearings would be held before three-arbitrator panels next month in Phoenix.
In the NLDS, Howie Kendrick provided the biggest hit of the Nationals season with a series-winning grand slam in the 10th inning against the Dodgers.
Having that season, and potentially career-defining moment was already an incredible feat for the 36-year-old. But, he didn't stop there.
Going 5-for-15 with four doubles and four RBI during the Nationals four-game sweep of the Cardinals in the NLCS, Kendrick proved to be a reliable bat throughout. With that, he was awarded NLCS MVP honors.
Kendrick's 2019 postseason magic coincides in what was a great regular season for the utility man. Following an injury in 2018 that forced him to miss a majority of the season, Kendrick rebounded to bat .344 in 121 games this season.
October is where legends are made, and Howie Kendrick is the latest player to etch his name in the postseason history book.
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As the Nationals fan base collectively held their breath on Tuesday night in Washington, Victor Robles snagged the last out to send the Nationals to the World Series. Here's that moment:
Here's the moment from a few more angles:
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