The Dodgers acquired left-handed pitcher Luis Avilan as part of their three-team, 13-player swap with the Braves and Marlins on July 30, 2015. The reliever is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter, having reached three years of service time.
Avilan has three years, 77 days of major league service time, having pitched for parts of four seasons for Atlanta and Los Angeles. The lefty specialist had a 4.05 ERA and 3.66 FIP in 73 games in 2015, with 49 strikeouts and 15 walks in 53⅓ innings, ,and in his career has a 2.96 ERA and 3.46 FIP in 241 career games, with 145 strikeouts and 68 walks in 197⅔ innings.
Tuesday, Jan. 12 is the date for players to file for salary arbitration, with Friday, Jan. 15 the date for players and clubs to exchange salary figures.
Trying to zero in on a possible salary for Avilan in 2016, let's look at some comparable non-closing relievers from last offseason.
|Recent comparable non-closing relievers|
Most of the comparable relief pitchers here have more strikeouts than Avilan. Of the two other left-handers, Collins stands out with 75 more strikeouts in just 13 more innings, but that advantage over Avilan is mitigated by 53 more walks. The best comp of the bunch just might be Abad, with similar walks and strikeouts, plus a decent advantage in ERA and WAR for Avilan.
Avilan was projected by MLB Trade Rumors to have a $1.1 million salary.
I think Avilan beats Abad's 2015 salary, and settles in the Pestano zone, making $1.15 million in 2016.