The Marlins gained their arbitration listening to in opposition to catcher Jacob Stallings, as first reported by the Associated Press. That units his 2022 wage on the $2.45MM determine submitted by the staff reasonably than on the $3.1MM that Stallings and his representatives.
Acquired in an offseason commerce that despatched righty Zach Thompson and prospects Kyle Nicolas and Connor Scott to the Pirates, Stallings has had a tough begin to his Marlins tenure. The 2021 Gold Glover has all the time been recognized extra for his defensive prowess than his bat, however this yr’s .204/.276/.268 exhibiting by 174 journeys to the plate has nonetheless been a disappointment. Over his ultimate three seasons with the Bucs, Stallings posted a .251/.331/.374 batting line that clocked in about about 9-10% worse than the league-average hitter (by measure of wRC+ and OPS+) however was barely higher than that of the common catcher.
Extra regarding for the Fish, nevertheless, is the downturn in Stallings’ vaunted defensive expertise. This yr’s 17% caught-stealing price is the worst of his huge league profession, and Stallings has additionally turned in below-average marks in pitch framing — an space the place he’s beforehand ranked among the many recreation’s perfect. Stallings has been a bit higher on the dish since a brutal begin to the yr, hitting .223/.303/.300 over his previous 100 journeys to the plate, however even that’s a notable departure from his typical output in Pittsburgh.
In fact, Stallings’ struggles thus far weren’t a think about his arbitration listening to. Arbitration hearings, even these going down through the ongoing season as a result of this winter’s lockout, are decided based mostly solely on prior efficiency. Hearings comparable to this might’ve usually taken place in February, in spite of everything.
With Stallings’ 2022 wage now set, that’ll be the baseline for subsequent arbitration raises shifting ahead. That is his second journey by arbitration as a Tremendous Two participant, and he’ll stay below Marlins management by the 2024 season. That leaves two extra journeys by the arb course of, although Stallings will seemingly want to enhance his play on each side of the ball if he’s to stay a outstanding a part of the staff’s plans.
Wrapping up Stallings’ case lastly brings the Marlins’ arbitration dealings to a detailed. Miami averted a listening to with everybody apart from Stallings and righty Pablo Lopez, each of whom the staff defeated in arb hearings. The Fish additionally notably sidestepped a listening to with southpaw Richard Bleier once they agreed to a two-year deal in late March.
At this level, Braves lefty Max Fried and Yankees slugger Aaron Judge are the one two gamers in Main League Baseball with yet-to-be-resolved arbitration instances. Jon Heyman of the New York Put up reports that Fried’s listening to befell yesterday, so a ruling might be made as quickly as at this time. Decide’s listening to is ready for Friday, per Heyman.