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Dodgers sign Joc Pederson, avoid salary arbitration with everybody

MLB: World Series-Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — For the 11th straight year the Dodgers will avoid a salary arbitration hearing. The last known deal is for outfielder Joc Pederson, who was one of seven players inked to one-year deals by the team on Friday, the deadline for players and teams to exchange salary figures.

Pederson gets $2.6 million for 2018, per the Associated Press.

The Dodgers under Andrew Friedman have been a “file and trial” team, meaning that if they don’t reach an agreement by the exchange deadline they cease further negotiations and will instead prepare for a hearing.

The last time the Dodgers had an arbitration hearing was in 2007 when relief pitcher Joe Beimel sought $1.25 million but the team countered at $912,500. The Dodgers won.

The team also reached agreements with fellow arbitration-eligible players Yasmani Grandal, Alex Wood, Tony Cingrani, Josh Fields, Kiké Hernandez and Pedro Baez.

This is the first time through salary arbitration for Pederson, who has three years, 23 days of major league service time. He made $550,000 last season.

Pederson hit .212/.331/.407 with 11 home runs and 20 doubles in 102 games in 2017, a season interrupted with a pair of disabled list stints and a demotion to the minors in August after a 2-for-41 slump.

He recovered to hit .304/.360/.826 during the postseason, including three home runs and two doubles during the World Series.

Pederson was projected to earn $2 million in 2018 by MLB Trade Rumors, but I guessed higher at $2.8 million.

Salary arbitration tracker

Player Service Time 2017 salary MLBTR projections TBLA guess 2018 salary
Player Service Time 2017 salary MLBTR projections TBLA guess 2018 salary
Yasmani Grandal 5.115 $5,500,000 $7,700,000 $7,400,000 $7,900,000
Alex Wood 4.123 $2,800,000 $6,400,000 $6,550,000 $6,000,000
Tony Cingrani 4.088 $1,825,000 $2,200,000 $2,300,000 $2,300,000
Josh Fields 4.083 $1,050,000 $2,200,000 $1,900,000 $2,200,000
Joc Pederson 3.023 $555,000 $2,000,000 $2,800,000 $2,600,000
Pedro Baez 3.059 $550,000 $1,500,000 $1,400,000 $1,500,000
Kiké Hernandez 3.054 $550,000 $1,300,000 $1,650,000 $1,600,000
Yimi Garcia 3.004 $550,000 $700,000 n/a $630,000