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Jose Berrios loses arbitration case

It’s not a big deal, or a reason to worry though

Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

In case the Brusdar Graterol thing isn’t enough drama for you, it was announced today that Jose Berrios lost his arbitration case with the Twins and will settle for $4.025 million in 2020. Here is the original report from Jon Heyman:

The immediate twitter reaction from fans including myself was that this was a mistake by the Twins, but after a bit more waiting it turns out everything will be perfectly fine. Berrios wanted $4.4 million, but possibly as a statement—it would have been a huge victory for similar players if he won.

Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger, who is probably better than Berrios, got a $4.1 million deal at the same stage of arbitration. When looked at like that, this deal for Berrios makes sense. Basically what I’m saying here is don’t freak out over this because neither side should have any hard feelings, and it shouldn’t change the Twins relationship with their best home-grown pitcher since Johan Santana.