Add one more to the avoiding arbitration pile for the Dodgers, who reportedly agreed to terms with relief pitcher Tony Cingrani on a $2.3 million deal for 2018 per Robert Murray of FanRag Sports.
Cingrani joins Yasmani Grandal, Pedro Baez, Josh Fields and Kiké Hernandez in avoiding salary arbitration with one-year deals over the last two days, by Friday morning’s 10 a.m. PT exchange deadline. The Dodgers haven’t yet confirmed any of the five deals.
The Dodgers still have not reached deals with Alex Wood or Joc Pederson, their last two players eligible this offseason for salary arbitration.
Cingrani came to the Dodgers at the July 31 trade deadline last season, and was quite effective down the stretch out of the bullpen. Cingrani posted a 2.79 ERA in 22 games with Los Angeles, and struck out 28 against only six walks in his 19⅓ innings. With the Dodgers Cingrani held left-handed batters to .188/.212/.219 (6-for-32) with 14 strikeouts and just one walk.
On the season, including his time with Cincinnati, Cingrani had a 4.22 ERA in 47 games, with 52 strikeouts and 12 walks in 42⅔ innings.
CIngrani, 28, made $1.825 million in 2017, and with four years, 88 days of service time has two more seasons before qualifying for free agency.
MLB Trade Rumors projected a $2.2 million salary for 2018 for Cingrani, while I guessed $2.3 million.