By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Much like the Toronto Blue Jays avoiding arbitration with third baseman Josh Donaldson, the Arizona Diamondbacks have also avoided arbitration with outfielder A.J. Pollock. Like Donaldson, Pollack also re-signed for the next two years; however, he’s getting a lot less than the reigning MVP got in his new deal North of the Border.
Pollock is reportedly going to receive $10.25 million over the next two years. He filed for $3.9 million, while the team countered with $3.65 million. He was projected to get $4.3 million in arbitration.
With his new deal, the team saved some money in the end. He’ll also have one-year left of arbitration eligibility when his new deal expires, as he currently is a 3-plus service-time player.
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Pollock has played in 400 Major League games over the past four seasons. He has a career .294 batting average with 37 home runs and 146 RBIs.
This past season, he had career-high numbers, as he had a .315 batting average with 20 home runs and 76 RBIs in 157 games.
His 157 games were fourth in the National League, while his .315 batting average was 5th overall.
He was also second in runs scored with 111 and 192 hits. He was first in putouts by both an outfielder and center fielder with 347.
For the first time in his career, he was named an All-Star and received a National League Gold Glove for center field award.
According to Baseball Reference projections, he’s expected to have a .294 batting average with 15 home runs and 57 RBIs in 565 plate appearances.
Pollock was second on the team with WAR (Wins Above Replacement) at 7.4. Only Paul Goldschmidt had a better WAR at 8.8.
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The 27-year-old center fielder also was second in home runs on the team as Goldschmidt had 33. Goldschmidt also had a better batting average than Pollock, as he had a .321.
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