Sources have announced that free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock and the Dodgers have agreed to a five-year deal. Pollock can opt out of the deal after three years, but he will earn $55 million if he stays for four years or $60 million if he uses the fifth-year player option. There is also a $5 million buyout for the fifth year.
Although the Dodgers have a surplus of outfielders, even after trading Puig and Kemp to the Reds in December, they were in need of a right-handed bat and flexibility in the field. The 31-year-old is known to be injury prone, and the Dodgers are the team with depth from the outfield coming from Hernandez, Taylor, Bellinger, Pederson, and Verdugo, leaving them room to withstand the absence if injuries do occur.
Pollock missed most of the 2016 season with a broken elbow and was stifled in 2017 and 2018 with a groin strain and a fractured thumb. In that span, he’s averaged 79 games per season. However, the Dodgers believe that Pollock, who played regularly over last season’s final three months, is believed to be fully healthy now and will make a positive impact on the team.
Pollock is a dominant defender, and with the bat speed he can produce, look for him to make noise in LA next season, and potentially elevate them enough to get them back in contention for a championship.
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