This afternoon should be filled with announcements on the Cubs agreeing on contract terms for 2020 with arbitration-eligible players.
Can confirm that Cubs and OF Albert Almora Jr. have avoided arb with a 1-year, $1.575M deal. @GDubCub first.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) January 10, 2020
Albert Almora Jr.’s $1.575 million contract is $225,000 less than MLB Trade Rumors’ projection for his 2020 salary. To keep a running tab on Cubs players above and below projection today, that’s a net $125,000 “savings” for the Cubs so far.
Almora had a down year offensively and defensively in 2019 and at this point in his career is likely a fourth outfielder, although there are teams he could probably start for. It seemed as if his production took a downturn after his foul ball hit the little girl in Houston in May. That’s a sad situation for everyone involved.
For Almora, perhaps an offseason of rest and rejuvenation will bring his production back up to 2018 level. He’s certainly a useful spare part if he can play defense at that level.
I’ll continue to post on these signings as they are announced.