The Dodgers have agreed to terms with all four of their remaining arbitration-eligible players: infielder Justin Turner, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and pitchers Kenley Jansen and Luis Avilan. According to Jon Heyman, Turner will make $5.1 million, Grandal $2.8 million, Jansen $10.65 million and Avilan $1.39 million.
Friday was the deadline for teams to reach agreements with their arbitration-eligible players before each side proposed a 2016 salary figure. The Dodgers haven’t gone to arbitration with a player since pitcher Joe Beimel in 2007.
Jansen made $7.425 million in 2015, when he recorded 36 saves (seventh in the National League) despite missing the first month of the season. His 2016 salary is the second-highest ever for a closer in his final year of arbitration eligibility, trailing only Jonathan Papelbon’s $12 million salary with the Boston Red Sox in 2011.
Turner, 31, established himself as the Dodgers’ everyday third baseman in 2015, slashing .294/.370/.491 with a career-high 16 home runs and 60 RBIs. Turner was also in his final year of arbitration eligibility.
Grandal, 27, was eligible for arbitration for the first time this year. The Dodgers’ starting catcher received a nice raise on his $693,000 salary after slugging a career-high 16 home runs and making his first All-Star team after a strong first half. He spiraled downward after a shoulder injury in August and finished with a .234 batting average and .756 OPS.
Avilan, 26, was also eligible for arbitration for the first time. The left-hander arrived in a midseason trade with the Atlanta Braves and posted a 5.17 ERA (3.64 FIP) in 15 ⅔ innings out of the Dodgers’ bullpen in 23 games.