​It's a bit sad that we had to wait for Friday's arbitration deadline to see any action in the MLB offseason. 


Nevertheless, we finally got some juicy and important notifications of teams avoiding arbitration with a number of players. 


It all started this morning when the Toronto Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson ​broke the arbitration record and Toronto's Bringer of Rain signed on for a one-year $23 million contract. Damn. 


Washington Nationals followed suit and signed starting pitcher Tanner Roark. 

​​The 31-year-old hurler is getting over a $2 million raise from his previous contract, despite having what qualifies as a down year given his consistency over the previous two years. 


After accumulating 15 wins in his first full season as a starter in 2014 and ​16 wins in 2016, Roark’s ERA jumped nearly two full runs from those seasons as he won just 13 games in 2017. 


People expect Roark to have a bounce-back year. We'll have to wait and see if he delivers.