The Dodgers will not need to go through any arbitration hearings with their players this year. With the MLB lockout ending pretty suddenly, the race was on to get deals done with the players going through salary arbitration. And deals that could not be agreed upon have to go through a hearing with a third party arbitrator. But they got all of their cases done this year and can focus on the season.
The final two players to agree to terms were Julio Urias and Caleb Ferguson. The Dodgers agreed with Ferguson at $762,500 for the 2022 season, and he will be coming off of Tommy John surgery to pitch out of the bullpen this year.
Julio and the Dodgers settled at $8 million for 2022. Urías was paid $3.6 million last season, the first time that his contract broke into the 7-figure mark in his career. He has just one more year of arbitration before he is eligible to hit free agency after the 2023 season wraps up.
Julio Urias and the Dodgers have agreed to an $8 million deal to avoid arbitration, per source.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) March 22, 2022
The Dodgers are likely going to be relying heavily on Julio to produce in 2022. With so many questions around their starting rotation, having a guy in there that they can rely on like him is ging to be huge. The team still does not know what will be happening with Trevor Bauer, and you really don’t know what you’ll get out of Clayton Kershaw coming off of an arm injury.
But with Walker Buehler and Julio in there, they at least know they have a solid two to carry them. Urías made 32 starts for the Dodgers in 2021, by far the most of his career. He pitched to a 2.96 ERA and won a whopping 20 games over that span, losing just 3.
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