The Los Angeles Dodgers may have missed out on the biggest prize in the free agency pool, but they are pleased with their latest addition. Outfielder A.J. Pollock has signed a four year deal with the defending National League Champions, which is expected to push Vegas oddsmakers to make the Dodgers the clearcut National League favorites.
At the beginning of 2019, the Dodgers were listed at +1000 to win the World Series, which was tied with the Chicago Cubs in the National League. The Nationals, Cardinals, and Brewers were other notable teams rounding out the top five. The Cubs have done very little in the off-season to improve their roster, while the Dodgers look to be taking this coming season very seriously.
The 31-year old clubbed 21 homeruns while stealing 13 bases a season ago for divisional rival Arizona. Those numbers came despite missing close to two months of the season. There are injury concerns with the center fielder, as he had missed 45+ games in every season since 2015 when he was an All-Star.
The Dodgers needed some outfield help after unloading both Yaisel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Cincinnati Reds. Los Angeles will look to use Cody Bellinger, Kike Hernandez, and Chris Taylor in the outfield along with Pollock.
The signing puts the Dodgers right near the $206M competitive balance tax mark. As of the end of January, the Boston Red Sox were the lone team to go over the number. If the Dodgers do exceed this figure, they will be forced to pay an extra tax.
While the Dodgers have moved to the top of the Vegas odds to win the World Series out of the National League; Pollock’s former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, are now near the bottom. Only the Giants, Padres and Marlins have worse odds than Arizona. The Diamondbacks, who traded Paul Goldschmidt away are listed at +10000 to win the World Series in 2019.
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