Dodgers Avoid Arbitration With LHP Scott Alexander

UPDATE: Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times and J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group have both confirmed Bob Nightengale’s report.

ORIGINAL POST: On the eve of the deadline for all major league teams to decide whether to tender or non-tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, the Dodgers have reportedly elected to avoid the process with one of their arbitration-eligible players.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that the Dodgers have agreed to a 1-year, $875,000 deal with left-handed reliever Scott Alexander.

Alexander, who made $575,000 in 2019, is entering his first year of arbitration and was projected to receive a $1 million deal according to MLBTradeRumors.com.

Alexander, 30, went 3-2 with a 3.63 ERA, 5.06 FIP, 1.39 WHIP, and a 9/7 K/BB ratio in 17.1 innings this past season. He missed a significant portion of the season due to inflammation in his left forearm as well as a nerve issue in his left thumb. Alexander, who underwent surgery for the nerve issue in October, is expected to be 100% by spring training and is expected to compete for a bullpen spot.

The Dodgers now have 11 players that are arbitration-eligible that they will have to decide whether or not to tender a contract for 2020. Those 11 players are right-handed reliever Pedro Báez, right-handed reliever Yimi García, right-handed starter/reliever Ross Stripling, left-handed starter/reliever Julio Urías, catcher Austin Barnes, infielder/outfielder Kiké Hernández, infielder Max Muncy, shortstop Corey Seager, infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor, first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger, and outfielder Joc Pederson.