Mike Baxter and the Dodgers avoided arbitration today for $700,000, and if you’re wondering yet again just who that is, don’t worry: you’re not alone. Baxter has yet to suit up for the Dodgers, having been claimed off waivers from the Mets on October 17 when Alex Castellanos was DFA’d, and we note this partially because it’s the day after Thanksgiving and news is sparse, and partially because I just rolled our payroll sheet over from 2013 to 2014, and Baxter’s salary is now updated.
As you’ll see, six other Dodgers are eligible for arbitration — Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Scott Elbert, Ronald Belisario, Drew Butera, and A.J. Ellis. However, Elbert seems likely to get non-tendered on Monday, and Butera (and Belisario?) may very well be as well.
Baxter, 29 next weekend, might get a shot to crack the 2014 bench, though I think we’re all hopeful the team can do better.