AJ Pollock to the Dodgers

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AJ Pollock to the Dodgers

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Noah Choi, Sports Writer

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    On January 24, 2019,  AJ Pollock agreed to a $60 million dollar deal for 5 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.   As well as spending the $60 million dollars, they also gave up $500K from their international draft bonus pool and their second highest selection in the 2019 draft, which was compensated after the team failed to sign JT Ginn in the 2018 draft.

     AJ Pollock hit a batting average of 0.257 with 21 home runs and 65 RBIs.  Pollock will be a solid hitter in the Dodgers lineup, evening out the huge amount of lefty batters as a righty.  We may end up seeing Pollock on one of the corner outfields due to the amount of outfielders the Dodgers own at the moment.

     The deal with Pollock also closes many doors at a chance of scoring Bryce Harper.  After spending $60 million on Pollock, the Dodgers are under the $206 million dollar Competitive Balance Tax threshold by a bit.  Although the Dodgers may not acquire the x6 All-Star Bryce Harper, the Dodgers have shown interest in the Marlins about the catcher JT Realmuto.  Signing JT would be excellent for the Dodgers, as Yasmani Grandal is not part of the team anymore, leaving Austin Barnes in the starting lineup as of now.

    With the Dodgers top prospect Alex Verdugo coming up, that leaves seven players in the crowded outfield (Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles, Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo, AJ Pollock, Chris Taylor, and Enrique Hernandez). The Dodgers may possibly still be able to score another player, trading or selling one or a few of the outfielders, hopefully signing J.T. Realmuto.

   Although some may believe that signing Pollock instead of Harper was a questionable choice, Pollock may do good for the Dodgers. Choosing the 0.257 batting center fielder will be a superior choice over Joc Pederson.  The only flaw with Pollock would be his amount of injuries over his 2016-2018 seasons.