Kenley Jansen converted 36 of 38 save opportunities for the Dodgers in 2015. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
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.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal made his first All-Star team in 2015. (Getty Images)
This is Part 17 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.
Key stats: .234/.353/.403 slash line, 29% caught stealing rate, +1.74 strikes per game via pitch framing.
Seinfeld episode: “The Postponement” (season 7, episode 2).
Key quote: “He told you all that? How could he?”
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner will have arthroscopic surgery Thursday on his left knee to clean up loose bodies, the Dodgers announced, and catcher Yasmani Grandal will have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder AC joint Tuesday.
Both procedures will be performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and both players are expected to be ready for Spring Training.
Grandal batted .234 with a .353 on-base percentage this season. He collected only five hits — including the playoffs — after his left shoulder was injured on a foul tip during an early August road trip.
Turner slashed .294/.370/.491 in his first season as the Dodgers’ everyday third baseman. He played through a foul ball off his left knee late in the season, avoiding the disabled list entirely this year save for a skin infection. He did not take batting practice before games 3 or 4 of the National League Division Series.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal struggled at the plate since he was struck by a foul ball in his left shoulder in early August. (Associated Press photo)
Yasmani Grandal told SportsNet LA reporter Alanna Rizzo that he will have surgery on his ailing left shoulder Wednesday.
The Dodgers have not released details of Grandal’s diagnosis, or who will perform the surgery.
Yasmani Grandal has caught all but six of Zack Greinke’s 33 starts this season, including Game 2 of the National League Division Series. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday
that both A.J. Ellis
and Yasmani Grandal
, who has a sore left shoulder, would prepare to catch Game 5 today.
Grandal is in the starting lineup. Did Ellis do anything extra today compared to a typical day he isn’t starting?
“I came in yesterday knowing what was going on with Yas and how he was feeling and made sure I went over to Zack and watched his game, Game 2 against these guys and how he matched up against the Mets throughout the season,” Ellis said.
“But talking to Yas last night and talking to Yas today, he looks great. He feels great, and I’m excited to watch him go out there and compete with Zack (Greinke). They have a great chemistry together. It’s no secret how well they’ve worked, and it’s all about Zack being comfortable. I think Yas has got some big swings in him tonight too.”
Grandal has caught all but six of Greinke’s starts this season. He has one hit and four striekouts in eight at-bats this series. Ellis has been swinging the hotter bat. He has one hit in each of his two starts this series, extending his postseason hitting streak to 12 games.