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Yasmani Grandal, Pedro Baez reportedly agree to one-year deals with Dodgers, avoid arbitration

By in Press Enterprise on January 12, 2018

By Bill Plunkett

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have reportedly reached agreement on one-year contracts with two of their seven players who had filed for arbitration.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a one-year, $7.9 million deal, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility. The 29-year-old Grandal can become a free agent next winter. In addition, reliever Pedro Baez has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract for the 2018 season.

The Dodgers have five remaining potential arbitration cases – pitchers Alex Wood, Tony Cingrani and Josh Fields, outfielder Joc Pederson and utilityman Kike’ Hernandez. Players and teams are scheduled to exchange salary figures Friday but the sides can continue to negotiate right up to a potential arbitration hearing in February.

Acquired from the San Diego Padres in a December 2014 trade, Grandal has been the Dodgers’ primary catcher each of the past three seasons, batting .237 with a .780 OPS and 65 home runs, including 22 last season (tied for third on the team). But he slumped offensively in the second half and led the majors with 16 passed balls for the season. During the postseason, Austin Barnes moved ahead of Grandal and started 13 of the Dodgers’ 15 postseason games.

Meanwhile, Baez, also 29, has been a key piece of the Dodgers’ bullpen each of the past three years, posting a 3.10 ERA with 207 strikeouts over 189 innings. He disintegrated in the second half of last season, however, and was left off the roster for each of the Dodgers’ three postseason series.


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