Francisco Lindor, Kris Bryant, Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager were among 112 players who agreed to one-year contracts Friday, leaving just 13 to swap salary arbitration figures during a slow offseason in the aftermath of the financial carnage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The deals came on the deadline day for eligible players and teams to exchange proposed 2021 salaries. Lindor, the star shortstop acquired last week by the New York Mets from Cleveland, got the largest of the deals at $22.3 million.
Ohtani was the only one of six arbitration-eligible Angels not to agree a contract at the deadline Friday. The Angels agreed to deals with starters Dylan Bundy and Andrew Heaney, catcher Max Stassi and relievers Felix Pena and Mike Mayers. Both sides agree he deserves a raise,” first-year general manager Perry Minasian said of Ohtani, who reportedly asked for $3.3 million, $800,000 more than the Angels were willing to commit.
Ex-general manager Billy Eppler's influence was felt Friday when the Angels added seven amateur players, including Dominican shortstop Denzer Guzman.