It’s been a bit slow in Dodger land of late, so any kind of news is welcome. And this is about the most minor of news, but…
The Dodgers avoided arbitration with Corey Knebel with this 1-year deal. He was arbitration-eligible for the final time, which is partly why he was even available from Milwaukee in the first place (and, you know, the injury history). He was projected to make $5.125 million by MLB Trade Rumors, so just slightly less than what he ended up getting.
Tomorrow at 10 a.m. is the deadline for teams to exchange arbitration figures. Two of the Dodgers’ best players — Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager — will earn significant monies, while their best starting pitcher — Walker Buehler — will get a substantial raise as a Super 2 player. Last year, the Dodgers failed to agree to deals with four players on deadline day — Pedro Baez (who just signed with the Astros), Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor — but later agreed to multi-year deals with Muncy and Taylor. Baez won his case, while Pederson lost his.
You can read more about the 2021 arbitration projections here.
Friday is also the first day of the international amateur free agent signing period. COVID-19 pushed the signing period from July 2, 2020 through June 15, 2021, to Jan. 15, 2021 through Dec. 15, 2021. The Dodgers are expected to sign two of the top talents in the class — shortstop Wilman Diaz and catcher Jesus Galiz — both of whom hail from Venezuela. Check back tomorrow for a more detailed post on the signings.