As the arbitration deadline approaches, the San Diego Padres are working to sign their eligible players and avoiding what can be an uncomfortable process. After the announcement of Freddy Galvis’ signing earlier today, the team has come to terms with three more arbitration-eligible players: Cory Spangenberg, Matt Szczur, and Kirby Yates.
All three of these players are in their first year of arbitration. No terms have been announced regarding the value of their contracts for the coming season. Cory Spangenberg was projected by MLBTradeRumors to draw $2.0MM, Kirby Yates for $1.1MM, and Matt Szczur for $800K. Arbitration salaries are determined by MLB service time as well as performance.
The team has yet to announce any deal with Brad Hand, who has one more season of team control beyond 2018. Dennis Lin reported that negotiations are ongoing. Hand was projected to be the Padres’ second most expensive arbitration salary at $3.8MM, behind only Freddie Galvis, who agreed to a $6.825MM salary earlier today. The team had previously agreed with Robbie Erlin and Carter Capps earlier this offseason.