Accept lesser deals or get tossed into an uncertain free-agent market.
Those were the choices that Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia and catcher Omar Narváez apparently faced as the 7 p.m. deadline approached Wednesday for teams to offer contracts to arbitration-eligible players for 2021.
Reports from national baseball writers indicated Arcia signed for $2 million and Narváez signed for $2.5 million to avoid non-tenders. It was the second consecutive year Arcia signed ahead of the deadline, this time taking a $200,000 pay cut. Narváez took a $225,000 salary cut after a horrible offensive showing in his first season with the Brewers.
It also was reported that DH/first baseman Daniel Vogelbach signed a one-year deal for $1.4 million, about what he was projected to make in arbitration.