Wow. The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly in agreement with free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock.
#Dodgers in agreement with free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock, pending physical, sources tell The Athletic. Terms of deal not known.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 24, 2019
In 2018, Pollock posted a .257/.316/.484 line with 21 homers and 13 stolen bases in 113 games. It is well-known that A.J. Pollock is extremely injury prone, as he has only been able to play in 237 games over the course of the last three seasons.
However, when Pollock is on the field, he typically is very productive. Back in 2015, he set the world on fire with a .315/.367/.498 line with 20 homers and 39 stolen bases. Since, he has declined slightly but still remains an offensive asset.
The fact that Pollock can play a solid defensive center field (6 DRS in 2018) and is a right-handed bat makes this a fantastic signing.
Yes, this most likely means the Dodgers are out of the running for Bryce Harper. Pollock is a more than capable backup plan for about 20% of the total contract value that was to be expected with Harper.
When healthy, Pollock should fit in right at the top of the order.
Something else that is important to note with this signing is that the Dodgers are losing $500,000 of their international bonus pool money and a draft pick for signing A.J. Pollock, who was extended a qualifying offer by the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, the Dodgers did secure an extra draft pick when they let Yasmani Grandal walk, so they had some picks to work with.
Although nothing is completely set in stone on final contractual details, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that the Dodgers had been discussing a deal in the 5 year/$60 million range prior to today’s announcement. However, Bob Nightengale came out a few minutes later with more set details.
It's actually a four-year guaranteed deal worth about $50 million filled with incentives, escalators and opt-outs. https://t.co/nwKIY3uLHm
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 24, 2019
That is an absolute steal. If a deal in that price range is truly what is agreed upon, the Dodgers still remain a few million dollars under the luxury tax threshold of $206 million.
Although a lot of Dodger fans may be disappointed, the main takeaway is that the Dodgers front office improved the squad. Pollock is a fine player, especially at the reported cost.
Are you happy that the Dodgers signed AJ Pollock?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) January 24, 2019
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