The Los Angeles Dodgers managed to avoid arbitration with Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and others, but could not reach agreements with the likes of Pedro Baez, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Chris Taylor before the Jan. 10 deadline.
It set the stage for the Dodgers and the four players to have arbitration hearings this month, which would mark a first for L.A. since 2007 when they defeated relief pitcher Joe Beimel.
While Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman typically operates under a “file-and-trial” approach, an exception would be made if the organization could come to terms on a multi-year contract.
That came to fruition on Thursday when the Dodgers reportedly struck an agreement with Muncy on a three-year, $26 million contract extension, covering the remainder of his arbitration years and potentially the first of free agency as well. They then did the same with Taylor, although it was a two-year deal so did not buy out any free agent years.