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Dodgers Pedro Baez Wins His Arbitration Case

One Of The The Dodgers Most Tenured Players Gets His Pay

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after pitching in the game in the eighth inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

It was reported today that longtime Dodger reliever Pedro Baez won his arbitration case against the Dodgers.

Vote (of confidence) For Pedro

Pedro’s agent Kelvin Nova handled his arbitration case, submitting a 4 million dollar rate. The Dodgers had offered a rate or 3.5 million. Winning the arbitration case secured his 4 million dollar contract for 2020. Pedro Baez is the first player to win his arbitration case in 2020. This is good news for Pedro and for fans who were hoping the big man would get paid, especially considering Joc Pederson lost his arbitration case just days earlier. Eight more players in MLB still have pending arbitration cases as of this writing.

Pedro Baez By The Numbers

In 2019, Pedro Baez pitched 69 2/3 innings, posting a 3.10 ERA and a 3.52 FIP. None of these were career bests for Pedro. His 5.6 home runs per 9 innings and his 3 walks per 9 innings were career bests, though. Keeping the ball in the park has always been a notorious issue for Pedro, so his 2019 numbers in that department were a good sign. The fewer free passes also lead to his lowest WHIP of his career, which was just a touch under one at an impressive .947 rate.

Pedro’s 2020 Role?

I typed a question mark, because it is a question mark. This is not exclusive to Pedro, as the roles of the bullpen pitchers are all questions marks. Blake Treinen has diplomatically already said pubicly that he is not looking to take Kenley Jansen’s closer role. Pedro Baez has loosely been the set-up role for the past year, but obviously whomever pitches better will be fighting for this role in 2020. This is all good news for the Dodgers, who continue to have good players able to fill any role, at any time.

Written by AJ Gonzalez

AJ is a lifelong Dodgers fan who grew up in California. His whole family are also lifelong Dodgers fans. He lives in Tennessee with his wife, daughter, beagle, and strat.

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  1. 5.6 HRs and 3 walks per nine innings maybe Pedro’s career-best but those numbers still stink. He has had an anxiety problem anytime he was put in a tight situation. Those 5.6 HRs always seemed to come at a bad time.

  2. Yea those 2 outs he got against the Nats in games 2 and 4 were so stellar. 4 hits, a walk, and a painful home run to Zimmerman. He should not be on this team. Choking dog should be sent off to Tampa , Baltimore, or some other small market nothing where he might start to pitch to his potential. Organization is a glutton for punishment. He showed you in the post season that he is not fixed. Still that choking dog, and you are stupid to keep him on the team (to kill you in the post , again. So stupid.

  3. I don’t know where these numbers are coming from. Baez gave up 6 home runs in 69.2 innings pitched. That equates to .78 home runs per 9 innings. And that is a good number. No pitcher gives up 5.6 home runs per 9 innings, and lives to tell about it.

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