As the Dodgers entered February, there was some uncertainty surrounding a pair of players in arbitration. Walker Buehler was one of those guys that remained apart with the club on numbers for the upcoming season. Thankfully, that appears to have been resolved before an arbitration hearing.
The Dodgers and Buehler reportedly have agreed to a 2-year deal that is worth $8 million and will cover this season. That deal includes a $2 million signing bonus and a $2.75 million salary for 2021. His 2022 salary will jump up to $3.25 million. The figures and agreement were reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday evening.
For the Dodgers, the fact that they were able to get Buehler’s annual average down so low is a huge win for the next 2 years. Buehler was projected to earn $3.75 in salary arbitration for the 2021 season. With big dollars likely in his future, Los Angeles is getting a great deal on a quality arm.
Over the last few years, the only thing that has ever been in question with Buehler is his health. He made 8 starts for the Dodgers last season, totaling 36.2 innings after getting a slow start to the year. Notably, the season was only 60 games long.
In the playoffs, he was just as solid as ever. He made 5 starts in the Dodgers run to a World Series title, allowing just 5 earned runs in 25 innings of work. Buehler struck out 39 batters and was the winning pitcher for Game 6 of the NLCS AND Game 3 of the World Series.
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