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Dodgers sign Walker Buehler for $8.025 million to avoid salary arbitration, per reports

Matches 2023 salary

Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 7-1 during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

The Dodgers avoided salary arbitration with pitcher Walker Buehler, inking the right-hander to a $8.025 million contract for 2024, per Robert Murray of FanSided.

Fabian Ardaya at The Athletic also reported on a pair of potential bonuses for Buehler:

That salary matches what Buehler earned in 2023, which was to be expected as he did not pitch in the majors last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and flexor tendon repair on his right elbow from August 2022.

Despite missing the last year and a half on the mound, Buehler boasts an impressive resume to this point in his career, which includes five years, 168 days of major league service time.

Buehler has a 3.02 ERA and 3.26 FIP in 115 career games, including 108 starts with 690 strikeouts and 162 walks in 638⅓ innings. The two-time All-Star has received National League Cy Young Award votes in two seasons, including finishing in fourth place in 2021.

At 46-16, Buehler’s .742 winning percentage is second-highest in Dodgers history among pitchers with at least 50 decisions, trailing only Zack Greinke (51-15, .773).

Buehler has also been one of the best big-game pitchers in recent years, including a 2.94 ERA in 15 postseason starts, plus scoreless baseball for 6⅔ innings in the NL West tiebreaker game in 2018 as a rookie.

Both MLB Trade Rumors and Cot’s Baseball Contracts projected Buehler in 2024 to make $8.025 million, matching his 2023 salary. I guessed $8.2 million for the right-hander.