2019 salary: $3,700,000
2020 projection: $3,700,000
Jimmy Nelson deserves all the credit in the world for working his way back to the major leagues after the severe shoulder injury that easily could have ended his career just as it was starting to take off.
After more than a year’s worth of rehab and recovery, Nelson made his re-debut in the majors on June 5th. Unfortunately, the comeback wasn’t exactly out of a storybook. He struggled to work deep into games and with his control as a starter during his first three outings, lasting a total of only 12 innings in those starts, allowing 13 earned runs while walking 10 and striking out 13.
Nelson reporedly rejected an assignment to the minors to figure things out after that and was moved to the bullpen instead, but after another rocky outing that saw him walk four batters in two innings of relief, he landed on the Injured List with fluid in his pitching elbow.
He wouldn’t return to the majors until September call-ups and had a generally encouraging month, at least considering where he was in June, allowing 4 earned runs in 8 innings across 6 relief outings. Those runs came in back-to-back poor outings against…