As the MLB exchange deadline passed for the 2023 season, every franchise secured their desired arbitration-eligible players. The Los Angeles Dodgers had also had a successful Friday the 13th.
Who are arbitration-eligible players?
According to MLB, players who have exactly three to six years of experience in the league are considered eligible for salary arbitration if they are in the last year of their contract. The dodgers had 10 of them in which they only failed to finalized a deal with one.
Who are those nine players who signed a new deal with the Dodgers?
The Dodgers signed a new deal with nine arbitration-eligible players for the 2023 season before Friday the 13th pass. Julio Urias received the lion’s share of his salary.
The 26-year-old left-handed pitcher has been with the Dodgers since 2016, and his initial days were not that colorful. But where the class remains, the performance will unfold when the time comes. In 2020, the pitcher won the World Series; in 2021, he was the National League win leader; and in 2022, he was the ERA leader.
Following the left-hander’s vast variations, the Dodgers will pay $14.25 million in 2023, whereas he made $8 million in the previous year.
The Dodgers secured another two-time all-star pitcher for $8.025 million until 2024. The 28-year-old walker was also a member of the All-Star First Team in 2021.
The catcher, Will Smith, will make $5.25 million in the first year of salary arbitration. He has been playing for the Dodgers for four years, including this one.
Trayce Thompson and Dustin May
Thompson, a veteran outfielder, was traded to the Dodgers for a second stint with the Minor League Detroit Tigers in 2022. The 31-year-old is going to earn $1.45 million in 2023 by avoiding salary arbitration. He scored 13 home runs in 56 at-bats in 2022 for both the Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
Another right-handed pitcher, Dustin, will get $1.675 million due to the salary arbitration deadline. Gingergaard’s various pitching methods resulted in 29 strikeouts while allowing 17 runs and three home runs in 2022.
Yency Almonte, Evan Phillips, Brusdar Graterol, and Caleb Ferguson
Almonte, Phillips, and Graterol have signed deals worth $1.5 million, $1.3 million, and $1.225 million, respectively, whereas Ferguson will get $1.1 million in the second year of arbitration after missing the 2021 season due to injury.
However, right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin was left out of the process due to his Super Two status. He can still negotiate a deal with the Dodgers until the hearing. The 2022 all-star pitcher gave up 79 runs, of which 32 were home runs, in order to get 119 strikeouts in 24 games.