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Dodgers Do Not Reach Arbitration Agreements with Walker Buehler, Austin Barnes



So, this sounds a little worse than it actually is. Today, while the Dodgers were able to strike deals on 2021 contracts with Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, and Julio Urias in arbitration, they remained apart on terms with ace Walker Buehler, and postseason hero Austin Barnes.

J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

As a super two, this is Buehler’s first go-around in arbitration. A super two is defined as players in the top 22 percent of players with at least two but not yet three seasons of service time. In the case of Barnes, this is his second year as an arbitration-eligible player, coming off of a $1.1 million agreement for the 2020 season.

As Hoornstra notes, next up is either an arbitration hearing or a multi-year extension with the Dodgers, although the extension would be more likely in the case of Buehler over Barnes.

While salary arbitration numbers are slightly more fickle than in years past thanks to the shortened 60-game season, Walker Buehler was projected to earn a salary in the $2.3-$3.1 million range for 2021, according to MLB Trade Rumors. Barnes sat in the $1.5 million range.

*UPDATE

MLB insider Mark Feinsand reported the Buehler salary numbers.

Notably, Friday was something of a soft deadline for teams and players to reach an agreement. LA agreed to deals with Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Julio Urias, and Dylan Floro. Similar to last offseason, the Dodgers did not reach agreements with every arbitration-eligible player. However, they ended up working out multi-year deals with two (Chris Taylor and Max Muncy) before a potential arbitration hearing date.

Related: Joc Pederson Loses His Arbitration Case

If Buehler and Barnes cannot work out a deal with the club in time, each side will face a three-person panel in an often uncomfortable battle. Hearings will take place between February 1-21 this year.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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  1. Ok, let’s look at Buehler’s situation. Seems like they are off his asking price by $800K. Yet, they sign a “reclamation” project- Brandon Morrow- to a MINOR league contract for $1million???? Morrow is just one example of the Freidman being cheap on trying to pick up a bunch of has-been/injured relievers who he hopes that at least one of these relievers will have one last spectacular season. Pathetic that they have wasted $40 million for the bullpen (of course, the majority of that amount is for Kenley who is long past his prime). Just pay Buehler and get Hand since they couldn’t get Hendricks.

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