By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Sports is a business. The athletes and the fans all know this.
But when A.J. Pollock returns to Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, there may be some unhappy fans. Pollock signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.
Pollock has signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Dodgers. This includes a fifth-year option worth $10 million or a $5 million buyout.
He can also opt-out of the contract following the third-year with a number of plate appearances.
Following the blockbuster deal with the Cincinnati Reds in December that shipped Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp out of town, the Dodgers needed some help in the outfield. Four days ago, it was known the Dodgers were negotiating with his agent.
Pollock previously spent his first seven seasons with the Diamondbacks.
Both the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers in the NL West. Los Angeles won the Division with a 92-71 record, while Arizona finished third with an 82-80 record.
This past season, Pollock had a .257 batting average with 21 home runs and 65 RBIs in 113 games. He also had 21 doubles and five triples on 106 hits, while scoring 61 runs.
The 21-home runs in 2018 was a career-high. He broke his previous best of 20-home runs during the 2015 season.
In those seven seasons, he has only had three seasons, where he had more than 10 home runs. Besides the 21 home runs in 2018 and 20 home runs in 2015, he also had 14 home runs in 2017.
In his final game with the Diamondbacks on Sept. 30 against the San Diego Padres, he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
In fact, in his last two games with the team, he went 0-for-10 with five strikeouts and one walk.
On Sept. 26 against the Dodgers, he went 2-of-4 with a home run and three RBIs with two runs scored.