The Dodgers had already offered reliever Yimi Garcia a one-year contract on Friday avoiding arbitration with the right handed hurler. The Dodgers also tendered contracts to all 8 of their arbitration eligible players as well. The eight players all received contracts for the 2018 season from the club. These 8 players could still go to salary arbitration if they are unable to come to an agreement with Dodger management, but that’s normally unlikely.
The following 8 players are as listed: Catcher Yasmani Grandal, Outfielder Joc Pederson, Infielder/Outfielder Enrique Hernandez, and pitchers Alex Wood, Josh Fields, Luis Avilan, Tony Cingrani, and Pedro Baez.
In other news, the Dodgers are among the seven finalists in the Shohei Ohtani Negotiations. The Japanese superstar will meet with seven clubs with the Dodgers being one of them. The other teams involved are the Angels, Rangers, Padres, Mariners, Cubs and yes the Giants.
Shohei Ohtani is considering only these teams: Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Rangers and Cubs. There are NO other teams that are still in it according to sources.
— Jim Bowden⚾️ (@JimBowdenGM) December 4, 2017
Apparently reports indicate that Ohtani could have a preference for a west coast club that can give him proximity to his home country of Japan. The Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton sagas have been unfolding over the last several weeks and many people believe has been preventing the hot stove from starting. Movement has been unusually slow with almost no significant trades or free agent signings happening since the offseason began after the Dodgers lost game 7 of the World Series. Reports are speculating that Ohtani could sign with a team by next week before the Winter Meetings kick-off.