Diamondbacks closer Archie Bradley helped major leaguers close the gap when it came to being successful in the arbitration process this offseason. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks closer Archie Bradley won his arbitration hearing against the team, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports (via Twitter). He’ll earn the $4.1M salary figure submitted by his representatives at the BBI Sports Group rather than the $3.625M sum proposed by the D-backs. That’s a $2.27M raise over last season’s $1.83M salary. Bradley will be eligible for arbitration for the final time next winter before becoming a free agent in the 2021-22 offseason.

The 27-year-old Bradley, the No. 7 overall draft pick back in 2011, never quite panned out as a starter but has found his groove in a relief role. The righty has gradually been entrusted with increasing amounts of high-leverage innings and eventually supplanted Opening Day closer Greg Holland as Arizona’s top ninth-inning option in 2019. Overall, he pitched to a 3.52 ERA with 18 saves, 10.9 K/9, 4.5 BB/9, 0.63 HR/9 and a 45.2% ground-ball rate. He’s the clear favorite for save opportunities heading into the 2020 season.

Since moving to the bullpen full time in 2017, Bradley has helped to anchor the Arizona bullpen with a 2.95 ERA (3.24 FIP) and 10 strikeouts per nine inning pitched over the course of 216 1/3 innings. He’s appeared in at least 63 games and pitched at least 71 2/3 innings in each of those three seasons. As it stands, he’s slated to hit the open market in advance of his age-29 campaign, so if he continues on his current trajectory without incurring a significant injury, his age should put him in position for a relatively handsome payday.

With Bradley’s victory and Friday morning’s last-minute settlement by Phillies closer Hector Neris ($4.6M with a 2021 club option), all of this year’s arbitration cases have now been resolved. Teams rushed out to an early 4-0 lead over the players but ultimately wound up at a more balanced 7-5 when all was said and done. Now that all of this year’s cases are in the books, you can see the full slate of pre-trial agreements, extensions and hearing outcomes in MLBTR’s 2020 Arbitration Tracker.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.



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