We’ve been hearing these rumors for a while now, but it’s finally official. The Dodgers are signing outfielder A.J. Pollock. The club has yet to officially announce the deal and it’s pending a physical. But it appears that the Dodgers are adding the veteran right handed hitting outfielder on a four-year 55 million dollar contract. according to reports the deal is a guaranteed contract that will have incentives and opt-outs.
This confirms what I already knew, that the Dodgers will not be signing Bryce Harper. Apparently the deal still keeps the Dodgers just below the luxury tax threshold (whoopeee!!!) but they’ll lose some international bonus pool money and will give up their second highest pick in the 2019 draft.
pollock goes to dodgers. $55M plus.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 24, 2019
AJ Pollock's contract is four years guaranteed for about $50 million with the #Dodgers
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 24, 2019
I’m ok with the Dodgers signing Pollock. He is a productive player when he’s healthy. That’s the only thing that would worry me, is his history of injuries. When healthy, Pollock is a good player. He’s got power, speed and plays a good outfield. His right handed bat will balance out the Dodger’s lefty heavy lineup. I’m assuming the Dodgers will put him in center field for the majority of his playing time. We don’t know yet what that means for the Dodger’s other outfielders.
Will Cody Bellinger move back to first base? Does that push Max Muncy to second? What will happen to Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles, and youngster Alex Verdugo? Will The Dodgers trade any of those guys? Will they just platoon everyone around the diamond again? Will Pollock start kissing the new hitting coach like Puig used to do? So many questions and so few answers right now. We’ll have more on this later.