Dodgers avoid arbitration with all 10 eligible players, Will Smith sets record

Hello and welcome to arbitration agreement deadline day, where the Dodgers attempt to avoid heading to … well, arbitration with 10 players. Thankfully, they’ve done just that, agreeing to contracts with all 10 of them.

Let’s take a look at how those turned out.


So, in case you’ve been living under a rock, the Dodgers tendered contracts to all their arbitration-eligible players.

There were 10 of them left, and according to MLB Trade Rumors, these are the salaries they were projected to get:

Will Smith: $9.3 Million
Walker Buehler: $8.03 Million
Ryan Yarbrough: $3.8 Million
Evan Phillips: $3.4 Million
Brusdar Graterol: $2.5 Million
Dustin May: $2.4 Million
Caleb Ferguson: $2.3 Million
Alex Vesia: $1.2 Million
Gavin Lux: $1.1 Million
J.P. Feyereisen: $1 Million

Of course, nowadays it’s pretty rare for players and teams to actually head to arbitration, as they don’t want to risk having to shit on their own player over like $100,000 or something.

Anyway, starting things off was Walker Buehler going for $8.025 million, basically exactly at his $8.03 million projection.

Caleb Ferguson then got $2.4 million, which was $100k more than projected.

Dustin May settled at $2.135 million, over $200k less than projected.

Ryan Yarbrough got $3.9 million, which is $100k more than projected.

Projected closer Evan Phillips got $4 million, a whopping $600k more than projected.

Returning from injury, Gavin Lux got $1.225 million, which is around $100k more than projected.

Still recovering from injury, J.P. Feyereisen received $770k, over $200k less than projected.

Brusdar Graterol got $2.7 million for something of a breakout year in 2023, a solid $200k more than projected.

Returning All-Star Will Smith got $8.55 million, which is over $700k less than projected despite setting an arbitration record for catchers.

To close things out, Alex Vesia got $1 million, which is $200k less than projected.


Not that it really matters at this point considering their CBT number is already over the last threshold, but the Dodgers saved $325,000 over projections with these deals. The outliers were definitely Phillips making more and Smith making less, but even then, both projections missed by a less than a million bucks.

In total, the outlay for arbitration-eligible players will be $34,705,000.

Now … back to the cold stove.

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