The Los Angeles Dodgers have now confirmed salary arbitration was avoided with all six of their eligible players — Luis Avilan, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Hatcher, Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke.
The players were part of 156 Major Leaguers who filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday. This marked the first year going through the process for Avilan, Grandal, Hatcher and Van Slyke.
Of the six Dodgers, Jansen, who earned the most last season, also received the greatest increase, based on reported salary figures.
The right-handed closer is said to earn $10.65 million in 2016, which is up from the $7.425 million salary he agreed to last January and avoided arbitration.
Jansen is coming off a season in which he had 36 saves, a 2.41 ERA, 2.14 FIP and 80 strikeouts to eight walks in 52.1 innings pitched.
He was the last reported signing of the six Dodgers who filed for salary arbitration, and will be a free agent after the 2016 season. Jansen ranks second on the franchise’s all-time leaders list with 142 saves, which is only 19 behind Eric Gagne.
Hatcher was first to settle with the Dodgers, agreeing to a one-year contract on Wednesday worth a reported $1.065 million. The right-handed reliever was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $900,000 in 2016 after making $522,500 last season.
After earning a save on Opening Day, Hatcher went on to struggle in his first year with the Dodgers. He was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain in June and transferred to the 60-day DL in July as a paper move related to the club’s three-team trade with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins.
Hatcher was much-improved upon being reinstated from the DL in mid-August, posting a 1.31 ERA with 26 strikeouts over his last 22 appearances to close out the season. Opponents hit just .181/.253/.347 over that stretch.
Like Hatcher, Avilan struggled in a new environment before eventually finding his footing. In 22 games with the Dodgers, the left-handed reliever put up a 5.17 ERA, 3.64 FIP and 1.15 WHIP to go with 18 strikeouts and five walks.
He allowed just one run over his final seven games and emerged as a favorite late-inning option for former manager Don Mattingly. Including time with the Braves, Avilan finished the 2015 season with 4.05 ERA, 3.66 FIP, 1.18 WHIP and 49 strikeouts to 15 walks in 53.1 innings (73 appearances).
The 26 year old reportedly will earn $1.39 million in 2016, up from last year’s $530,000 salary. Turner’s success from 2014 carried over into 2015 and it resulted in him supplanting Juan Uribe as the starting third baseman.
Turner played in a career-high 126 games, batting .294/.370/.491 with 16 home runs, 26 doubles, 60 RBIs, a .371 wOBA and 141 wRC+ while spending much of the season as the Dodgers’ No. 3 hitter in the lineup.
After earning $2.5 million last season, Turner’s one-year contract reportedly is worth $5.1 million. He will be eligible for free agency after this season.
Along with providing superior framing skills behind the plate, Grandal swung a hot bat in the first half — hitting .282/.401/.526 with 14 home runs, 36 RBIs, a .399 wOBA and 159 wRC+ over 69 games (61 starts) en route to his first All-Star Game nod.
However, he slumped after the break, which was largely a result of a shoulder injury that required surgery once the Dodgers were eliminated from the National League Division Series. His salary has reportedly increased from $693,000 to $2.8 million.
Van Slyke was his usual versatile self for the Dodgers in 2015 — starting 31 games in left field, 13 in right field and eight at first base. He hit .239/.317/.383 with six home runs and 14 doubles over 96 games.
Van Slyke’s season came to a bit of a frustrating end as he was slowed in September by a cyst on his hand and inflammation in his right wrist. Prior to that, mid-back inflammation forced Van Slyke to the disabled list in June.
He reportedly will earn $1.225 million this season, which more than doubles his 2015 salary of $522,500.
All of the players who settled with the Dodgers signed one-year contracts. Los Angeles last had an arbitration hearing in 2007 with reliever Joe Beimel. The Dodgers’ 2016 payroll currently sits just shy of $200 million committed to 23 players.