Along with MLB free agency, the offseason is notable for players who are eligible for salary arbitration. With the Los Angeles Dodgers it applies to Cody Bellinger, Caleb Ferguson, Trea Turner and Julio Urias.
Scott Alexander was also part of that group but he was designated for assignment during the first week of November and elected for free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Alexander was projected to receive a $1.3 million salary for the 2022 season via the arbitration process.
As for the remaining Dodgers who are arbitration-eligible, Turner leads the pack with a projected $19.8 million salary, via MLB Trade Rumors:
Trea Turner – $19.8MM
Cody Bellinger – $16.1MM
Julio Urias – $8.8MM
Caleb Ferguson – $700K
Turner’s projected salary also is the highest of all players eligible for arbitration. Acquired from the Washington Nationals at the MLB trade deadline, the 28-year-old hit .338/.385/.565 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs, 28 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 52 games for the Dodgers.
Turner is in his final year of arbitration eligibility before potentially becoming a free agent after the 2022 season. He primarily played second base for L.A., but could move back to shortstop if Corey Seager departs in free agency.
Bellinger’s projected $16.1 million salary is the same that he earned this past season. He is coming off the worst statistical year of his career after hitting just .165/.240/.302 with nine doubles, 10 home runs and 36 RBI in 95 games.
Urias, who is projected to earn $8.8 million next season, set personal bests in several categories, including wins (20), innings pitched (185.2) and starts (32). He posted a 2.96 ERA, 3.13 FIP and 1.02 WHIP with 195 strikeouts against 38 walks, and ranked second among Dodgers pitchers with 4.7 WAR.
Ferguson, who is projected to earn $700,000 next year, missed the entire 2021 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Deadline for Dodgers to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players
The Dodgers — and all other clubs — must tender a contract to arbitration-eligible players prior to deadline at 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Failure to do so will result in the player(s) reaching free agency.
The original tender deadline was Dec. 1, but MLB and the Players Association agreed to a change because the collective bargaining agreement is due to expire that night.
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