LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers reached a one-year contract with left-handed Scott Alexander, avoiding arbitration and preventing their most likely candidate from being put out to tender by Wednesday’s deadline.
In the wake of the financial challenges posed by the pandemic, the teams were expected not to enroll more players this year, making them free agents in place of the salary increases usually associated with arbitration. But the Dodgers offered contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players – shortstop Corey Seager, midfielder / first baseman Cody Bellinger, pitchers Walker Buehler, Julio Urias and Dylan Floro, and catcher Austin Barnes.
Alexander, 31, will receive a salary of $ 1 million in 2021, despite spending the last month of the 2020 season at the alternate training venue and not being on the active roster for any of the postseason. Unlike a salary that is established through arbitration, Alexander’s salary is guaranteed for 2021.
Alexander’s 2019 season ended in September with nerve decompression surgery on his left arm. He recovered and appeared in 13 games during the 2020 regular season, going 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA. The groundball specialist was much more effective against left-handed hitters (1 in 18) than against right-handers (8 in 24), splits that became more problematic with the new minimum 3-hitter rule instituted in 2020.