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Alex Wood, 3 other Dodgers agree to 1-year deals, avoid arbitration

By in Press Enterprise on January 13, 2018

By Bill Plunkett

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have reportedly reached agreement on one-year contracts with all but one of their arbitration-eligible players.

Outfielder Joc Pederson is the only player from that group who remains unsigned. Friday was the scheduled day for teams and players to exchange salary figures but the sides can continue to negotiate right up until a potential arbitration hearing in February.

Left-hander Alex Wood reportedly agreed to a one-year deal for $6 million, more than doubling his salary ($2.8 million) after going 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA and making his first All-Star team in 2017.

Left-hander Tony Cingrani ($2.3 million), right-hander Josh Fields ($2.2 million) and utilityman Kike’ Hernandez ($1.6 million) also agreed to deals Friday.

Acquired from the Cincinnati Reds at the July trade deadline, Cingrani pitched well for the Dodgers, posting a 2.79 ERA in 22 relief appearances with 28 strikeouts in 19-1/3 innings.

Fields has been part of the Dodgers’ bullpen each of the past two seasons, posting a 2.83 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over 79 appearances.

Hernandez hit .215 with 11 home runs last season but has been effective in his platoon role with the Dodgers. Over the past three seasons, he has hit .276 with a .909 OPS and 19 home runs off left-handed pitching. But Hernandez’s high point as a Dodger came in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series last fall when he hit three home runs and drove in seven runs as the Dodgers advanced to the World Series.

The Dodgers haven’t gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since Joe Beimel in 2007.

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