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Dodgers News: Bellinger, Seager, Urias Among 9 Players Tendered Contracts for 2020

Pretty much what you expected to see.

Monday marked the deadline for clubs to tender contracts to salary arbitration-eligible players on the 40-man roster. The Dodgers came up to the 8pm ET deadline with 10 arb-eligible players, after reaching 1-year deals with Scott Alexander and Austin Barnes.

Of the 10 players, 9 were tendered contracts. Those players are as follows, along with their projected salaries for 2020:

  • Cody Bellinger; $11.6M (super 2 status)
  • Pedro Baez; $3.3M
  • Enrique Hernandez; $5.5M
  • Max Muncy; $4.6M
  • Joc Pederson; $8.5M
  • Ross Stripling; $2.3M
  • Corey Seager; $7.1M
  • Chris Taylor; $5.0M
  • Julio Urias; $1.7M

Veteran reliever Yimi Garcia was not tendered a contract and became a free agent, leaving the roster at 39.

As noted by MLB.com, players tendered contracts have more than a month to work out new deals with their teams before exchanging arbitration figures on January 10, after which they can still work out a deal or go to a hearing.

While there are murmurs that the club may look to move one of Taylor or Hernandez, a sure-fire lock to make the club — and a lot of money — is Cody Bellinger. The slugger is coming off an NL MVP campaign and is projected to make the most ever for a first-year eligible player, besting Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant’s $10.85M in January 2018.

Analysis

The biggest surprise of the bunch seems to be the deal struck by Scott Alexander. After missing much of last season, the Dodgers acquired lefty Adam Kolarek at the trade deadline and he was as-advertised or better in his short time with Los Angeles.

With Caleb Ferguson expected to officially relieve full-time, according to Pedro Moura of The Athletic, it seems that Andrew Friedman likely views Alexander as additional lefty competition for spring training. Especially with Julio Urias being named to the starting rotation.

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.

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    • Rudy, I mentioned this yesterday, that although you are basically right about Barnes, Rocky Gale, who Freidman chose as his first signing, makes Barnes look like Johnny Bench or Mike Piazza. That is how BAD of a hitter Gale is. But he is only for minor league ‘depth’ so we can expect that he stays in the minors for all of 2020. Barnes can at least play some INF positions as well but I am still puzzled about what on earth do Dodgers see at all in rocky Gale….

  1. It is obvious the Dodgers believe that most of their Bull Pen woes can be addressed internally as Alexander and Kolarek was outstanding. With Alexander, Ferguson and Kolarek they have three left-handers in the BP.
    I figured they would either sign Barnes or bring back Martin for back up as they are familiar with the catching process of the Dodgers and can help Smith. Smith is obviously going to be the starting Catcher which is great as he can show his worth and see if he makes Ruiz expendable.
    It will be interesting to see if they decide Pollock will improve in 2020. He has shown in the past he can be an outstanding offensive threat. If he plays left or is platooned he may not injure himself.
    Curious to see if they trade Maeda, Stripling, Taylor, Hernandez or some of the young guys like Rios, White, Santana etc for prospects or to upgrade bullpen.
    I believe they will re-sign Ryu.

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