Today was the final day for the Dodgers to decide if they wanted to non-tender any players on their team. That means they could have decided to NOT offer any arbitration-eligible players a contract and thus made them a free agent.
The only Dodgers player really at risk for being non-tendered was Scott Alexander. Given the limited number of games he’s played as of late combined with his expected salary, many thought the team would choose to let him walk. Instead, Alexander is back with Los Angeles on a 1-year deal.
Scott Alexander's one-year, $1 million deal with the Dodgers is unusual in that all of the money is guaranteed. He would've been arbitration-eligible, and his salary would not have been guaranteed through that process.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 2, 2020
Alexander will make $1 million in his return, which isn’t much for a reliever. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been nearly as effective as they had hoped when they traded for him back in 2018. In his 114 games with the Dodgers, Alexander has pitched to a marginal 3.57 ERA with 1.317 WHIP and 4.16 FIP.
There are a lot of reasons to point at in terms of Alexander‘s lack of efficiency with the Dodgers. His walk rate shot up to 4 per 9 innings, and his groundball percentage has fallen off dramatically at times from what it was with Kansas City.
But if the Dodgers can get him right, Alexander can be a huge addition to the bullpen that was missing in 2019.
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