Blake Treinen Wins Arbitration Case, Receives Record Raise For A Relief Pitcher

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By: Daniel Wilkins

 

Former National and current A’s closer Blake Treinen has won his arbitration case, and will be paid $6,400,000 in 2019 instead of $2,150,000. A source told MLB’s Mark Feinsand that he won the case on Saturday, and Treinen’s agency, Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon, tweeted on the news as well. This raise is worth $4,250,000 and is the highest raise ever received by a relief pitcher going into his second year of eligibility for arbitration.

Treinen had a good reason for asking for more cash, as he has made himself known as one of the most dominant relief pitchers in today’s game. Starting his career off in Washington, D.C., Treinen pitched well, but not amazingly better than anyone else. His three full seasons in Washington would display a 2.91 ERA, a 3.43 FIP, and 7.7 K/9. In 2017, Treinen would have a horrendous start to the season, posting a 5.73 ERA in 37 appearances.

Relievers would be swapped-a-plenty in July of 2017 when the A’s sent Blake, Jesus Luzardo (MiLB pitcher), and Sheldon Neuse (MiLB INF) to the Nats for Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. After that, Treinen would get his first exposure as a full-time closer, considering the newfounded absences of Doolittle and Madson. In 35 relief appearances with the A’s in late 2017, Treinen would get 13 saves, and show a 2.13 ERA, which is a far cry from the stats he showed in the season’s first half.

In 2018, Treinen had an astounding 0.78 ERA, threw 38 saves (and blew only 5), and had an FIP so low that it was nearly underground (1.82). In having statistics that are squeaky clean, Blake Treinen was selected to his first All-Star team, finished 6th in Cy Young voting, and 15th in MVP voting. Remember, it’s very rare for a relief pitcher to get even near the MVP ballot, let alone get top 15.

Baseball-Reference.com predicts Treinen will have 17 saves, and post a 2.84 ERA. This might be because the site is also throwing in stats and numbers from older seasons. Personally, I don’t care for Baseball-Reference’s predictions and think that they can be extremely inaccurate, but no one will truly know who’s right or wrong until March 28.

But for now, all we know is that B-Lockay is receiving one heck of a raise.


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