One of the first major MLB free agents has finally chosen a landing spot.
Today, free agent OF AJ Pollock agreed to a four year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for a reported $55 million, with a $10 million player option for the fifth season.
Pollock, 30, was reportedly looking for an offer in the range of $75-$90 million at the beginning of the offseason, but settled for a considerably lower deal.
Pollock is coming off a season where he hit .257/.316/.484 with 21 home runs and 65 RBI’s while playing above average defense.
The former Diamondback has a history health problems, as he’s only played one full season and is coming off three straight seasons of missing at least 59 games. When he’s on the field, Pollock has proven that he’s a quality player, posting an average season of .281 BA with 19 home runs and 67 RBI’s.
The Dodgers have all but officially eliminated themselves from getting Bryce Harper, proving that the Kemp/Puig/Wood salary dump from December was kinddaaaaaa pointless. Maybe the Dodgers weren’t lying then they were saying when they looking to cut costs going forward. While Pollock is an improvement over Kemp and Puig, paying $12 million per season to someone who misses significant time every season and is only a 2.5 win player recently is a risky play.
Pollock will likely slide into the Dodgers starting center field role, as the team looks to get back to the World Series for the third straight year.
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