Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports was among the first to report the news, indicating that Alexander’s deal was worth a flat $1 million, all of which is fully guaranteed.
The non-tender deadline allows teams to offer contracts to players on the 40-man roster who are normally on the edge of the big league side, often being eligible for salary arbitration.
Alexander found himself in a similar predicament last year.
Many fans wondered if Los Angeles would tender a contract to the 31-year-old native of Santa Rosa, especially after he was not included on any of the club’s 2020 postseason rosters.
During the shortened 2020 season, Alexander made 13 appearances, posting a 2.92 ERA over 12-1/3 innings of work. However, some of his other metrics—a whopping 6.03 FIP and a 1.459 WHIP—were perhaps more indicative of his effectiveness.
Indeed, the three-batter minimum rule in 2020 prevented Alexander from being used as he normally would have, as he has typically been known as a lefty specialist for the majority of his professional career.
After dealing with a hamstring injury at the beginning of 2019, he later struggled with nerve issues in his left arm that eventually trickled down to his thumb, allowing him to make just 28 appearances during the 2019 campaign. During that season, he threw 17-1/3 innings, registering a 3.63 ERA and a 5.06 FIP with nine strikeouts and seven walks.
In 2018, he made a career-high 73 appearances, posting a 3.68 ERA and a 3.57 FIP over an even 66 innings.
His best year as a professional came in 2017 for the Kansas City Royals when he made 58 appearances and posted a 2.48 ERA with a 3.23 FIP alongside 59 punchouts in an even 69 innings.
The Dodgers originally landed Alexander in a three-team trade with the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals in January 2018. In the deal, Los Angeles received Alexander from the Royals and minor league infielder Jake Peter from the White Sox. Chicago received left-handed pitcher Luis Avilan, right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria and cash considerations, while Kansas City received infielder Erick Mejia and right-handed pitcher Trevor Oaks.
Over the course of his six-year, major league career, the former 37th round pick of the 2007 draft by Cincinnati has made 193 appearances, producing a 3.18 ERA and a 3.73 FIP with 152 strikeouts and 81 walks in 189-2/3 innings.
Mainly utilizing a sinker and a slider, he has been known in recent years for his ability to induce ground ball outs. Lifetime, he has a 70.9% ground ball rate per balls in play. For the Royals in 2017, he registered an impressive 73.8% ground ball rate.