The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided arbitration with Scott Alexander and Austin Barnes by re-signing each to a one-year contract. The team officially announced the agreements hours after Monday’s 5 p.m. PT deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.
Pedro Baez, Cody Bellinger, Kiké Hernandez, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Ross Stripling, Chris Taylor and Julio Urias were all tendered a contract. The Dodgers non-tendered Yimi Garcia, who immediately became a free agent.
In some sense it was a bit of a surprise Alexander didn’t find himself in the same boat as Garcia. He went into the season projected to fill a key role for the Dodgers as a lefty specialist.