With the offseason seemingly moving along at a very swift pace, Monday presents another deadline when the front office crew of the Dodgers will need to make a few decisions as far as player contracts go.
The Dodgers have 12 total players who are arbitration eligible this year, and December 2 at 8:00 PM Eastern time is the deadline to tender all these players a contract for 2020.
Neither player made the 2019 NLDS roster. The 30-year-old Alexander was fighting a few injuries for the second half of 2019, with his primary ailment being some apparent ligament damage in his forearm. Nerve trouble in his thumb compounded his injuries which saw him spend a total of 114 days on the injured list.
On August 2, Alexander was moved to the 60-day IL to make room for Dustin May, virtually ending his season.
When he was healthy last year, he appeared in 28 games and threw 17-1/3 innings, producing a 3.63 ERA alongside nine strikeouts and seven walks.
Alexander has always been known as a ground-ball machine, but he was skipper Dave Robherts’ LOOGY of choice before the arrival of southpaw Adam Kolarek. With the new rules surrounding the minimum batters a reliever must face along with the presence of Kolarek, there could be a chance the Dodgers decide to pass on Alexander.
The native of Santa Rosa earned $575,000 last season. Spotrac has him projected at $1 million for 2020.
Garcia fought an uphill battle from the beginning of spring training, as the righty had no options remaining on his contract, meaning that he needed to hold a spot on the team’s 25-man roster all season—a feat which he accomplished until the playoffs arrived.
In all, the 29-year-old Garcia made 64 appearances—often in low-leverage situations—posting a 3.61 ERA with 66 punchouts over 62-1/3 innings. A few of his peripherals were very interesting, however. Specifically, his WHIP was 0.886 and his FIP was 5.19, as made evident for his propensity to surrender the long ball.
Garcia has always been heralded for his superior spin rate, but his lack of consistent command has forever been his biggest downfall. Depending on whether the management team of the Dodgers envisions some of the youngsters as starters, relievers or both (May, Tony Gonsolin and Caleb Ferguson, for example) space could be at a premium for pitchers.
Last year, Garcia earned $710,000. Spotrac has his 2020 projected salary at $1.1 million.
In 2019, Barnes hit just .203/.293/.340 in 75 games after slashing .205/.329/.290 over 100 appearances in 2018. Perhaps the worst part of his stats was that 18 of 23 runners were successful stealing bases while he was on duty behind the plate.
I’ve gone on record as saying that I think Barnes will backup Smith to begin the 2020 season, while the team keeps a close eye on Keibert Ruiz at Triple-A OKC to get a feel for the 21-year-old switch-hitter’s big league arrival time.
Barnes earned $451,000 last season and is projected to make $1.3 million in 2020.
Looking ahead, one other thing to keep in mind is that the Dodgers would need to make a few roster adjustments if they decide to participate in the major league portion of this year’s Rule 5 draft, which falls on December 12—the final day of the 2019 Winter Meetings.
As it stands now, the club’s 40-man roster is full.