Dodgers, outfielder A.J. Pollock agree to 4-year, $55 million deal

first_imgPollock joins multi-position players Kiké Hernandez and Chris Taylor as right-handed options along with left-handed hitters Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson, Alex Verdugo and Andrew Toles.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“We had enough depth to field two starting outfields,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said after the trade sending Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig to the Cincinnati Reds in December. “It’s much more functional at this point. Having six-plus outfielders isn’t fair to anybody.”There have been persistent rumors this winter about potential trades involving Pederson or Verdugo which would make things more “fair” – and give the Dodgers more room under the luxury tax threshold. Pederson recently signed a one-year contract for $5 million next season.Of the current group, Pollock has the most experience in center field and will likely share the position with Bellinger, who made 50 starts there last year.A time-share arrangement in center field could minimize the injury risk with Pollock, who has played more than 113 games just once in the past five seasons due to a series of injuries – a broken thumb in 2018, a groin injury in 2017, a fractured elbow in 2016 and a broken hand in 2014. LOS ANGELES — A month after trading away two right-handed hitting outfielders, the Dodgers signed one to try and restore some balance to their outfield.Free agent A.J. Pollock agreed to a multi-year contract with the Dodgers, signing a complicated deal that softens the hit to the Dodgers’ payroll for competitive-balance tax purposes. According to reports, the deal is for at least four years and $55 million but includes a player option after the fourth year and an opt-out clause after the third year. Both are linked to Pollock reaching certain plate appearance markers.The fifth year would add $10 million to the deal if exercised, $5  million if the Dodgers buy out the extra year. But the deal counts for $12 million annually against the luxury tax threshold (set at $206 million for 2019).The addition of the 31-year-old Pollock restores the outfield glut that seems to be an annual feature of the Dodgers – and likely ends whatever dalliance the Dodgers had with signing the winter’s best free-agent outfielder, Bryce Harper. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies His lone healthy season in that stretch was a good one. He made the All-Star team in 2015, posting career-highs in games played (157), batting average (.315), on-base percentage (.386), slugging percentage (.498) and runs scored (111).Last season, Pollock hit .257 with an .800 OPS in 113 games, missing two months with the thumb injury.The Arizona Diamondbacks extended a qualifying offer to Pollock following the 2018 season which he rejected. That means the Dodgers will surrender their second-highest pick outside the first round as well as $500,000 in international bonus pool money. The Dodgers will receive an extra pick after catcher Yasmani Grandal signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. But this represents the first time the Dodgers have sacrificed a draft pick in order to sign a player under Friedman’s leadership.last_img

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