It’s “agree to avoid arbitration with fringe players Friday,” apparently. After agreeing to terms with Mike Baxter, the Dodgers also came to terms with reliever Scott Elbert ($575k) & catcher Drew Butera ($700k), reports Dylan Hernandez.
Elbert didn’t pitch in 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June, so don’t expect to see him before the second of of 2014 at the earliest; Butera arrived on July 31 and we discussed all the ways in which he absolutely cannot hit in his season in review a few weeks ago.
The contracts are all non-guaranteed, reports Hernandez, and the money is negligible, but it’s worth noting that Butera is out of options. Tim Federowicz is not, so the possibility remains that Butera beats Federowicz out for a job in camp. There hopefully also remains the possibility that the Dodgers realize that it probably isn’t all that hard to upgrade on either.
A.J. Ellis, Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, and Ronald Belisario are the remaining arbitration cases. Kershaw is certain to be tendered on Monday as the sides continue to work on a long term deal; Ellis & Jansen will either be tendered or agree to a contract instead. Belisario will probably be tendered, but I can’t say it’s a complete given.
By my count, the Dodgers currently have $191.97m in contracts committed. They also have just under $10m in buyouts and deferrals and approximately $28m as a best guess for the four arbitration cases (mostly to Kershaw), though $3.9m is coming back their way from the Red Sox as part of the big 2012 trade.