Dodgers, Scott Alexander Avoid Arbitration
The Dodgers have consented to terms with left-hander Scott Alexander on a one-year, $875K agreement to stay away from intervention, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (by means of Twitter). Alexander falls somewhat short of his $1MM anticipated compensation.
The 30- year-old resembled a potential non-delicate competitor, maybe disclosing his choice to agree to marginally not exactly anticipated. A necessary piece of the Los Angeles warm up area in 2018, Alexander was constrained to simply 28 games last season, none after June 5. Alexander endured a season-finishing lower arm issue in his tossing arm, which finished in medical procedure to soothe nerve bothering in September.
Alexander’s time in LA has been somewhat of a hodgepodge. In the course of recent years, he’s given the Dodgers 83.1 innings with a 3.67 ERA and unremarkable strikeout (18.9%) and walk (9.9%) rates. Alexander’s a first class ground-ball authority, however. His 68.5% ground ball rate the previous two seasons trails only Zack Britton among still-dynamic pitchers (least 50 innings). The previous 6th round pick transformed those worm-burners into outstanding outcomes with the 2017 Royals, prodding the Dodgers to leave behind genuinely well-respected pitching prospect Trevor Oaks to bring Alexander on board.
Typically, Alexander has been somewhat better resigning lefties (.250/316/.328) than righties (.253/.325/.363) through the span of his vocation. The Dodgers as of now have Adam Kolarek available as a progressively extraordinary lefty master, in spite of the fact that the three-hitter least rule liable to be initiated in 2020 could unfavorably influence the two throwers.
The present news doesn’t concrete Alexander’s status with the Dodgers. Assertion pay rates don’t turn out to be completely ensured until the beginning of the standard season, so LA could yet decide to go separate ways later on at insignificant expense. Alexander will, however, in any event keep his 40- man list spot until further notice. In the event that he sticks on the list for the winter, he accompanies two alternative years, giving the Dodgers some pined for adaptability.