Dodgers Non-Tender Garcia, Offer Contracts to Remaining Arb-Eligible Players

As the off-season keeps rumbling along, we’ve reached another milestone. Today at 5pm Pacific was the deadline for players to be offered a tendered contract for the 2020 season.

Yesterday, the Dodgers reached an agreement with relief pitcher Scott Alexander for one season at $875,000. As Dennis wrote on Saturday, Alexander spent most of the 2019 season on the injured list, due to various injuries. He was moved to the 60-day IL in August to make way for Dustin May‘s debut. Alexander ended up having surgery in September to fix a nerve issue in his left hand.

Many thought that Alexander might be one that the Dodgers would not extend a contract to, due to those injuries. But the Dodgers took care of him first, ahead of the eleven other players eligible on the roster. Alexander’s contract is fully guaranteed, which is not common for arbitration eligible players.

Although he was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City last season in favor of Will Smith, the Dodgers are bringing back Austin Barnes. They signed the backstop for one season at 1.1M, avoiding arbitration. He has two more seasons of arbitration after 2020, and is out of options. Barnes seems to be set up to be the backup to Smith in the upcoming season.

Those awaiting a new contract are Pedro Baez, Julio Urías, Ross Stripling, Yimi Garcia, Cody Bellinger, Enrique Hernandez, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Chris Taylor. They were all tended new contracts, with the exception of Garcia.

Garcia gave up the most home runs among all the Dodgers relievers, at 15. As Dennis stated, on a team that has limited roster space for pitchers, Garcia did not match up with the rest of the roster. He is now a free agent.

There were some notable players around the league that were non-tendered. Old friend Charlie Culberson of the Atlanta Braves, who will forever live in Dodger lore is looking for a new team. If the Dodgers did not already have Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez, I’d love to see Culberson back with the team as a utility player. Blake Treinen was also not re-signed by the Oakland Athletics. While his 2019 season was marred by injury, he finished sixth in Cy Young voting in 2018. The Athletes might not have had room for him with their low payroll. He was projected to command a $7.8M salary. The reliever could be a good candidate for the Dodgers’ pitching staff to get right again.

Look for more information to follow when it is released by the organization.

Being Thankful for All Things Dodgers

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While the last few (OK, 31 and counting) seasons have not ended the way that Dodgers fans would like, we still have so much to be thankful for.

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Latest Hot Stove Rumors Surrounding Dodgers

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If you spend any amount of time on the Interwebs, you’ll no doubt come across any various sort of Dodgers rumors. Some are just fun to think about but don’t really make any sense, while others are much more in the realm of possibility.

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More Thoughts on the Astros Cheating Scandal

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As time goes on, more facts come to light about the Houston Astros and their alleged advanced sign-stealing in the 2017 regular season, postseason, and beyond—something many fans of the Dodgers have been keeping a close eye on.

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Dodgers’ Front Office Needs to Put Arrogance Aside

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There is plenty of time in the long, dark offseason to second-guess and armchair quarterback what should have happened with the Dodgers in the 2019 playoffs, and what should happen over the coming winter.

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Cody Bellinger Named 2019 National League MVP

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The NL Most Valuable Player award was announced Thursday evening, and as was predicted from the very first month of the season, Cody Bellinger won his first MVP award.

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Thoughts on the Houston Astros’ Cheating Controversy

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News has been spreading the last few days around the Major League Baseball world that the Houston Astros cheated in 2017, and possibly beyond. This supposed cheating involved sign stealing, and relaying it to Astros batters during home games, giving them an unfair advantage.

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Max Muncy Laying Foundation for Impressive Career

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With not much going on in the hot stove world of baseball yet, and it being the end of a decade, a lot of other Dodgers blogs and sites are doing best of the 2010’s, or making lists of their favorite players of the last decade.

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Cody Bellinger Wins First Silver Slugger Award

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As the snow starts to fly in part of the northeast, the awards part of the season is starting to hit its stride.

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A Quick Look at a Few Free Agents the Dodgers Could Target

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Today in the baseball world, teams and players had to decide if they would extend qualifying offers or opt out of their current contracts, respectively. The Dodgers only had one player in this category—Kenley Jansen, who last week decided that he will chose to stay in Los Angeles for his last two years of his contract.

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