It was reported today that longtime Dodger reliever Pedro Baez won his arbitration case against the Dodgers.
Source: #Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez won his arbitration case and will make $4M in 2020. He was represented by Kelvin Nova, Jeff Fannell and his associate Kap Misir.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) February 12, 2020
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.