LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Thursday avoided salary arbitration with a pair of players, signing pitcher Chris Hatcher and outfielder Scott Van Slyke to one-year contracts for 2017.
Van Slyke gets $1.325 million, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, a raise from $1.225 in 2016. Chris Hatcher’s will make $1.25 million in 2017, per the Associated Press, up from $1.065 million last year.
Hatcher is out of options.
The Dodgers still have seven more players eligible for salary arbitration this winter — Yasmani Grandal, Alex Wood, Louis Coleman, Luis Avilan, Josh Fields, Vidal Nuño and Darin Ruf. The deadline to tender contracts to such players is Friday at 5 p.m. PT.
Hatcher had a 5.53 ERA and 5.21 FIP in 37 games in relief in 2016, with 43 strikeouts and 21 walks in 40⅔ innings in his second season in Los Angeles. He last pitched on July 19, missing the final 2½ months of the season on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.
Van Slyke hi5 .225/.292/.314 with six doubles and one home run in 52 games in an injury plagued 2016. The outfielder and first baseman missed 49 games on the disabled list in April and May with lower back irritation, then missed the final 51 games of the season with right wrist irritation, the latter requiring surgery in September.
Matt Swartz at MLB Trade Rumors projected 2017 salaries of $1.4 million for Hatcher, and $1.3 million for Van Slyke.
The club also reportedly signed Charlie Culberson to a one-year deal for $550,000, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports, slightly more than the new minimum salary of $535,000 in 2017. Culberson wasn’t eligible for salary arbitration. He made $535,000 in 2016.
The Dodgers have $153.525 million committed to 2017.