Arbitration deadline day is always busy and exciting, but it felt doubly so this year for the San Francisco Giants. A relatively new regime, mixed with a better-than-expected 2020 that might lead to ramping up the timeline on certain moves, made the decisions feel extra important.
The Giants had arbitration decisions to make with 13 players, and they ended up re-signing six of them, tendering contracts to two of them, and non-tendering five of them. Here’s how it broke down:
OF Alex Dickerson ($2.1 million)
LHP Jarlin García ($950,000)
RHP Trevor Gott ($700,000)
LHP Wandy Peralta ($925,000)
OF Darin Ruf ($1.275 million)
OF Austin Slater ($1.15 million)
Tendered contracts to:
RHP Reyes Moronta
INF Donovan Solano
RHP Melvin Adon
LHP Tyler Anderson
RHP Rico Garcia
UTIL Daniel Robertson
C Chadwick Tromp
That the Giants were able to agree to figures with six of the eight players they retained is great, and should help smooth the arbitration process. That said, it’s not surprising that they haven’t agreed to terms with Moronta and Solano. Both players are in unique situations, with Moronta proving his value in 2019 but missing all of 2020 with an injury, and Solano having a breakout year that may or may not be an outlier.
Solano is also waiting to find out if he’ll be named to the All-MLB team, which could impact his leverage at the negotiation table.
Of the players who were re-signed, Gott is the biggest surprise, since he had a truly horrendous 2020. But he was very good in 2019, very affordable in part due to the rough year, and someone the organization still seems to like quite a bit.
The five players who were non-tendered are all intriguing, and it’s a rough break for Adon, who just suffered an injury. Anderson, Garcia, Robertson, and Tromp all played a lot in 2020, and for the most part impressed. I’m guessing the decision to non-tender Anderson and Robertson was pretty difficult, as they’ll likely receive contracts from other teams, but it looks like the other three will stay in the organization on Minor League contracts.
With five players non-tendered, the Giants now have five open spots on the 40-man roster. That’s important, given that some pretty good players around the league were non-tendered.