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Dodgers Catch Big Break With AJ Pollock’s Contract, Why He Won’t Be Able To Opt-Out After This Year



AJ Pollock patted his batting helmet doing the team’s patented “Dunkin’ on ‘Em” home run celebration, as he rounded the bases after crushing his second home run of the night in the Dodgers dramatic comeback win over the Padres Wednesday night. Pollock’s 19th home run of the season, came on his 408th plate appearance of the year, leaving him just 25 plate appearances shy of being able to exercise an opt-out clause that would allow him to enter free agency at season’s end.

Per MLBtraderumors, Pollock’s 4-year $55 million contract that he signed in January of 2019, included an opt-out of the 2022 season and a $5 million buyout if he reached a combined 1,450 plate appearances from 2019-2021 or 1000 total from 2022-2021. With just 4 games left in the regular season, it’s extremely unlikely that Pollock will reach those plateaus and will be under contract with the Dodgers for the 2022 season.

We discuss what it means for the Dodgers to get Pollock back for another year on a favorable deal and how he’s gone from being considered a “bad contract” to one of the best values in the league. Plus, we break down Pollo’s breakout year with LA and grade his season so far.

Dodgers Catch Big Break With AJ Pollock’s Contract, Why He Won’t Be Able To Opt-Out After This Year

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Written by Doug McKain

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  1. Tough for him, good for the team. I think it all evens out because his first year and a half of the contract, he was pretty much league average and for the last year and a half he has been 30 percent better than that.

  2. @rainbirdmuse

    “I think it all evens out because his first year and a half of the contract, he was pretty much league average and for the last year and a half he has been 30 percent better than that.”

    What year and a half? He had a bad 2019. A great 60 game 2020 season, and a great 2021 season.

    What year and a half are you referring to?

  3. AJ is playing like its a contract year. Maybe he knows something we don’t. Whatever it is, love his playing and hope he rakes all postseason!

    • No need to extend him now. He’s not going anywhere unless he’s traded after the playoffs. Dodgers got a lot of big names to re-sign this offseason, luckily we got AJ and Trea Turner for another year! Win the World Series and then lets see what the Dodgers do to keep Max S, Kersh and a few other free agents

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