Washington Nationals avoid arbitration with six players; make first roster cuts of spring…

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo instructed reporters on the primary day of Spring Coaching he was hopeful the membership would come to agreements with all their arbitration-eligible gamers earlier than they needed to go to any trials, and as of final night time, the crew had formally introduced offers with six of seven who remained unsigned, all however Victor Robles.

Andrew Stevenson agreed to a 1-year/$850,000 cope with the Nationals again in late November, a increase from the $579,100 he earned in 2021.

With the deadline to signal gamers or submit figures to the league set for Tuesday afternoon, the membership introduced offers with Josh Bell (reportedly on a 1-year/$10M contract, which is up from $6.35M in 2021) Juan Soto ($17.1M, up from $8.5M) Joe Ross ($2.4M, from $1.5M), Erick Fedde ($2.15M, from $599,200), Austin Voth ($875,000, up from $587,700), and Tanner Rainey (no particulars, projected $800,000, up from $589,000).

Offers with Fedde, Ross, Rainey, and Voth have been introduced first, with the membership noting within the announcement they might “proceed to barter” with Bell, Robles, and Soto. Soto’s deal and Bell’s have been introduced later.

Robles, 24, is reported to have submitted $2.1M determine, with the Nationals at $1.6M.

MLBTraderumors.com projected the outfielder would get $1.7M. He ended up being despatched to Triple-A Rochester late in 2021, after he’d put up a .203/.310/.295 line, with 21 doubles, one triple, two dwelling runs, 33 walks, and 85 strikeouts in 107 video games and 369 plate appearances with the Nationals.

With the membership’s prime minor league affiliate, Robles put up a .301/.370/.566 line, eight doubles, a triple, and 4 dwelling runs in 23 video games and 93 PAs, however he didn’t get a name again as much as the majors on the finish of the 12 months.

Robles’s supervisor, Davey Martinez, talked earlier this month concerning the outfielder battling for the middle subject job in West Palm Seashore.

“I’m hoping that he involves Spring Coaching able to go,” Martinez mentioned. “He understands his state of affairs as properly, that there’s no ensures, he’s acquired to come back out right here and play and compete for a job, however I would like him to be our middle fielder, and he is aware of that, I’ve instructed him that, however we’d like him to get on base, we’d like him to play good protection daily, we’d like him to make sensible baserunning selections, so he understands that, so hopefully, like I mentioned, when he is available in right here, I’ll speak to him, after which I’ll get to place eyes on him and watch him play.”

Robles signed with the group for $225K again in 2013, debuted within the majors in 2017, and performed 13 video games that season and 21 video games in 2018, earlier than placing up a .255/.326/.419 line, 33 doubles, 17 homers, 35 walks, and 140 Ks in 155 video games and 617 plate appearances within the common season and a .220/.273/.366 line, one double, one triple, a homer, two walks, and 15 Ks in 12 video games and 45 PAs within the postseason for the 2019 World Sequence champions.

Previously two seasons, nonetheless, Robles has put up a mixed .209/.304/.302 line with 26 doubles, two triples, 5 dwelling runs, 42 walks, and 138 Ks in 159 video games and 558 PAs, combating a bulked up physique in 2020’s 60-game COVID marketing campaign, and down the stretch final 12 months, Lane Thomas, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on the commerce deadline, acquired a glance out in middle subject and impressed as Robles went to Triple-A.

Requested late final season what the presence of 1 on the roster meant for the opposite, Rizzo mentioned it meant competitors for taking part in time in middle subject.

“Lane has been terrific for us,” he defined. “His ability set was as-advertised by our scouts once they scouted him.

“He’s acquired good pitch recognition on the plate, he’s acquired an excellent brief swing, he places the bat on the ball, he’s acquired shocking energy, he’s acquired an excellent arm within the outfield, he runs properly, and he’s an excellent outfielder, in order that’s an excellent ability set for any ballclub, and so far as Victor goes, Victor is a terrific participant with an excellent ability set himself, he’s a younger participant that we really feel his greatest days are forward of us, and what does Lane Thomas’s success imply for Robles, it’s simply one other good participant on the roster.”

Now the Nats and Robles can proceed to barter on his 2022 wage or go to arbitration with their outfielder subsequent month.


Earlier than all of the arbitration speak, the Nationals introduced their first roster cuts of the spring:


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