Dodgers News: LA Avoids Arbitration With All-Star Starting Pitcher, Signs Multi-Year Deal
This is great news for Dodger fans.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they agreed to a two-year deal with RHP Tony Gonsolin to avoid arbitration. They’ll pay Gonsolin a total of $6.65 million through the 2024 season.
The two sides initially couldn’t agree on a deal to avoid arbitration, but now, they’re making a deal similar to the one the Dodgers agreed to with RHP Walker Buehler a few years back. And in terms of value, the Dodgers are getting a ton of it in this deal.
Last year, Gonsolin broke out for the Dodgers, making the All-Star team for the first time in his career. He went 16-1 with a 2.14 ERA, and was a leading candidate to win the National League Cy Young Award before he went down with an injury. Unfortunately, Gonsolin was unable to get back to full strength, and didn’t make an impact down the stretch for LA.
However, if Gonsolin can stay healthy, or at least not falter by the postseason, the Dodgers should feel very good with this value.
At his best, Gonsolin proved to be an All-Star caliber starting pitcher, and can be a solid anchor in a rotation as a third, fourth or fifth starter.
The Dodgers won’t be going to arbitration with Gonsolin this year or next. He’s locked in for the next two years, and will hope to stay healthy in the back-end of their rotation.