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Yasmani Grandal signs for $5.5 million, avoiding salary arbitration

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Grandal receives a 96% raise from 2016

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LOS ANGELES — Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to terms on a one-year contract for 2017 on Friday, avoiding salary arbitration.

Grandal will earn $5.5 million this season, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, a raise from $2.8 million in 2016.

With four years, 115 days of major league service time, this was Grandal’s second time through the arbitration process. The 28-year-old catcher hit .228/.339/.477 in 126 games for the Dodgers in 2016 and led all major league catchers in home runs (27) and walks (64).

After reviewing comparable catchers with four years of service time, I guessed a salary of $5 million for Grandal in 2017, while MLB Trade Rumors projected a salary of $5.3 million.

Grandal’s salary is the sixth-highest by a Dodgers catcher, and the highest since Todd Hundley made $6.5 million in 2004.

Highest-paid Dodgers catchers

Rank Player Year Salary Source
Rank Player Year Salary Source
1) Mike Piazza 1998 $8,000,000 LA Times, 1/22/97
2) Mike Piazza 1997 $7,000,000 LA Times, 1/22/97
3) Todd Hundley 2004 $6,500,000 AP, 12/4/02
4) Todd Hundley 2000 $6,000,000 AP, 12/2/98
5) Todd Hundley 2003 $6,000,000 AP, 12/4/02
6) Yasmani Grandal 2017 $5,500,000 Ken Gurnick
7) Todd Hundley 1999 $5,200,000 AP, 12/2/98
8) Russell Martin 2010 $5,050,000 TBLA, 1/19/10
9) A.J. Ellis 2016 $4,500,000 TBLA, 12/2/15
10) A.J. Ellis 2015 $4,250,000 TBLA, 1/13/15
11) Paul Lo Duca 2004 $4,000,000 LA Times