The agreement comes before Friday’s 10 a.m. PT deadline for teams and players to exchange salary figures. There are five other Dodgers eligible for salary arbitration this offseason — Alex Wood, Joc Pederson, Kiké Hernandez, Tony Cingrani and Josh Fields.
Grandal hit .247/.308/.459 with 22 home runs and 27 doubles in 129 games in 2017. His 65 home runs as a catcher in his three seasons as a Dodger are second-most in baseball, one behind Salvador Perez of the Royals.
Grandal made $5.5 million last year.
With five years, 115 days of major league service time, Grandal will be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.
At $7.9 million Grandal in 2018 will have the second-highest salary for a Dodgers catcher, trailing only Mike Piazza’s $8 million in 1998. Piazza was traded in May of that season.
MLB Trade Rumors projected a 2018 salary of $7.7 million for Grandal, while I guessed $7.4 million.