Charlie Blackmon was part of the group of three-year, four-year and five-year arb-eligible position players who made a big score with his settlement. Or it seemed that way, anyway. Arbitration experts say that Blackmon’s $6.7 million raise was actually up to $2 million short of what he should have gotten. Blackmon, who recently shocked folks within the game by hiring ACES to represent him after interviewing several other big agencies, put in an otherworldly season in which he hit 37 home runs and had 104 RBI – as a leadoff hitter! – and led the league in batting average, hits, runs, triples and total bases. However, Blackmon, who finished fifth in MVP voting, received a raise of only $700,000 more than Josh Donaldson, who came off an injury year (he played in only 112 games). And worse, he received a raise of $1.3 million less than Bryce Harper, who got his increase in-season. Harper’s $8 million raise – the biggest raise of all – was gotten way back on May 12, before he put together a very nice bounce-back season following his disappointing 2016 season. Blackmon’s settlement, which was the first reported on arbitration day (by FanRag), three hours before deadline and most others, kept ACES out of the arbitration hearing room for the 19th straight season. The last time they went was in 1999, when they lost the case for Mark Grudzielanek.