While the Dodgers continue to shuffle the decks and create money for potential new players, fans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing Julio Urias will remain on the team for at-least one more season. However, that’s where the sighs should end.
Urias is coming off the best season of his career as he finished as a Cy Young finalist with an NL leading 2.16 ERA and a third best record of 17-7. This all comes at the cusp of Urias ending the final year of his contract and he’s expected to command big money.
This is money the Dodgers are willing to pay especially with Clayton Kershaw only getting older and injuries being significant last season in the pitching unit. However, with Scott Boras as Urias’ agent and his history of having players wait until free agency, it may not be so likely to see Urias sign an extension right away.
#Dodgers Julio Urias has a 20-win season (2021) and an NL ERA title (2022). But he still hasn't made an All-Star team or received a first-place vote for NL Cy Young. Sandy Alcantara was a unanimous choice. Urias finished third behind Atlanta's Max Fried.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) November 16, 2022
It will be hard to sway Urias away from hitting free agency, who is slated to make $13.7 million in his final year before free agency. If Urias were to hit free agency, he will likely command a contract up worth of $30 million a season over 6-8 years.
Urias does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon and will have another season before hitting free agency to earn a Cy Young award. With a new chip on his shoulder for the award, the chances of the Dodgers success will be at an all time high for Urias’ contract season.
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