Today, six players that suited up for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season filed for arbitration. Chief among them being closer Kenley Jansen and third baseman Justin Turner.
On top of those two, catcher Yasmani Grandal, outfielder Scott Van Slyke, and relievers Chris Hatcher and Luis Avilan also filed.
Jansen is coming off of a season in which he finished with a 2.41 ERA and 13.76 K/9 while compiling 36 saves. After making $7.4 million last season, Jansen is primed to make upwards of $11 million this go-around.
The 31-year old Turner was one of the Dodgers’ most valuable players last season, racking up a team-high 4.0 Wins Above Replacement and .371 wOBA (minimum 200 plate appearances). He made $2.5 million last season, but could see that figure rise up to over $5 million.
Grandal, who was acquired 13 months ago in the Matt Kemp trade, had a good season behind the plate. He finished up with 2.3 Wins Above Replacement, a .335 wOBA, and was one of the game’s premier defensive backstops.
Van Slyke, Hatcher, and Avilan all did admirable jobs filling in where needed last season. Van Slyke finished with a .305 wOBA, Hatcher had a 3.39 FIP, and Avila had a 3.64 FIP. All were serviceable performers.
Turner and Jansen each have one year left before they become free agents, while Grandal is eligible after the 2018 season. If there is a hearing required, where both sides – team and player – will do their best to argue their case, then it would take place in February. As for now, it seems a mere formality that all six would likely be back.
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