The Oakland A’s have 10 players eligible for officiating this winter, and the deadline to offer them contracts is Tuesday afternoon. They have yet to determine salaries with everyone, but they must commit to the players they want to keep, and if they fail to reconcile in the next few months, a third party will make the decision. in their place.
Two of those 10 players agreed to contracts on Monday, completely bypassing the arbitration process. Super sub Chad Pinder signed for $ 2.725 million, and second baseman Tony kemp signed a $ 2.25 million deal, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
For Pinder, this represents a modest increase of just under half a million dollars. It comes after a 2021 season interrupted by multiple injuries, limiting it to just 75 games. This is his third and last year of arbitration, he is entering the age of 30 and next winter he will be eligible for free will.
- Pinder, 2021: .243 / .300 / .411, 97 wRC +, 6 RH, 6.9% RH, 26.6% Ks, 0.354 xwOBA
His campaign was hampered by injuries and continued struggles against the right-handed pitcher, but when in good health he offered his usual solid right-peloton bat with versatile defense at five different positions. He hits the ball as hard as anyone on the team in terms of average exit speed, and his flexible glove helps him fill all of the team’s needs that day.
As for Kemp, he doubles his salary after earning just over a million last year. It comes thanks to a breakout season in 2021, in which he posted around 3 WARs and made a big step forward to the plate. This is his second round of officiating, so he will be eligible once again next winter before becoming a free agent after the 2023 season.
- Kemp, 2021: .279 / .382 / .418, 127 wRC +, 8 HR, 13.1% BB, 12.8% Ks, .320 xwOBA
He set career highs in games (131), home plate appearances (397), batting average, OBP, strokes and homers, while walking more than he pulled out and playing a solid two-position defense (2G and LF). He also stole eight goals in 10 tries and helped lead the club’s aggressive running game. In general, he has grown from a useful bench player to a consistent producer in a predominantly day-to-day role.
Analysis: These two players are easy calls to keep at these salaries. Along with their quality play and versatile skills, they also have a reputation as clubhouse leaders, making them good candidates for a rebuilding team. That’s a lot of value for a few thousand apiece.
There are still eight other players eligible for refereeing, which means eight more decisions will be made by tomorrow afternoon at 5 p.m. PT. Here they are, along with estimates from MLB Trade Rumors:
- 1B Matt Olson – $ 12.0 million
- LHP Sean manaea – $ 10.2 million
- 3B Matt Chapman – $ 9.5 million
- RHP Chris Bassitt – $ 8.8 million
- RHP Frankie Montas – $ 5.2 million
- RHP Lou Trivino – $ 2.9 million
- OF Ramon laureano – $ 2.8 million
- Utah Chad Pinder –
$ 2.8 million(signed: $ 2.725 million)
- 2B Tony kemp –
$ 2.2 billion(signed: $ 2.25 million)
- RHP Deolis Guerra – $ 900,000
Everyone on the list is also an easy call, and everyone should be offered a contract. Several of these could be traded later as winter progresses, but they certainly won’t be canceled tomorrow and released as free agents.