Dodgers: One Non-Tender Candidate Heading Into The Winter
The Dodgers have until December 2nd at 8 pm Eastern Time to decide if they want to issue contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players. If not, then they must non-tender those players and allow them to become free agents.
Of everyone that is arbitration-eligible, there is just one player on the Dodgers roster that could be facing a non-tender. Scott Alexander made just 13 appearances for Los Angeles in 2020 and pitched just 17.1 innings in 2019. The left-handed ground ball specialist could very well find himself looking for a job by the time December rolls around.
The Dodgers landed Alexander as part of a three-team trade in January of 2018. Los Angeles sent Jake Peter and Luis Avilan to the White Sox while shipping off Trevor Oaks to the Royals. Since that time, he has not been the left-handed threat out of the bullpen that they had hoped.
A nerve issue in his arm essentially shut down the end of his 2019 season, and it doesn’t seem as though he’s bounced back. Alexander spent the majority of the 2020 season at the Dodgers alternate site after being inked to an $875k deal to avoid arbitration following 2019.
While Alexander’s groundball percentage and strikeout rate started to trend in the right direction, a few other peripherals are concerning. His walk rate per 9 innings got up close to 7 while his homeruns per 9 innings also went up. That being said, it wouldn’t be a total shocker to see the Dodgers pass on a guy that might cost $1 million.
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Hell, sign him. One mil is monopoly these days and some of these injuries take a little time to come back from.