AJ Pollock signs four-year deal with Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in need of right-handed bats to balance their lineup, and they made an improvement in that area by signing outfielder AJ Pollock on Thursday.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report that Pollock and the Dodgers have reached an agreement. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale added that the deal is worth $50 million over four years in addition to some incentives.
It's actually a four-year guaranteed deal worth about $50 million filled with incentives, escalators and opt-outs. https://t.co/nwKIY3uLHm
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 24, 2019
Pollock spent the first seven years of his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s a career .281 hitter who has dealt with some injuries, but he belted a career-high 21 home runs last year and had 65 RBI.
The Dodgers struggled against left-handed pitching because of their plethora of left-handed hitters, so adding a right-handed outfield bat was a priority for them this offseason. The addition of Pollock is further confirmation that LA is out on the biggest free agent prize of the winter.