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Dodgers Sign A.J. Pollock To 4 Years $55 Million

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  • Dodgers Sign A.J. Pollock To 4 Years $55 Million

    Free-agent OF A.J. Pollock heading to Dodgers

    Free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a four-year deal, league sources confirmed to ESPN.

    The Athletic first reported the agreement. The total value of the deal is $55 million and has a player option for a fifth year at $10 million, with a $5 million buyout, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

    Los Angeles adds the best center fielder on the market to a team that was seeking a right-handed bat to complement its deep lineup.

    Pollock, 31, hit .257/.316/.484 with 21 home runs, 65 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 113 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, but he missed nearly two months with a broken left thumb. The injury was the latest in a line of them that have prevented Pollock from playing more than 113 games in a season since his breakout All-Star turn in 2015. He passed his physical with the Dodgers.

    Pollock was issued a $17.9 million qualifying offer by the Diamondbacks on Nov. 2, but he declined, instead opting for free agency. Since Pollock's deal is for more than $50 million, the Diamondbacks will receive a draft pick following the first round.

    Pollock missed all but 12 games in 2016 after fracturing his elbow in a headfirst slide at home in the team's final exhibition game. In 2017, he missed nearly two months with a groin injury.

    His best season came in 2015, when he hit .315 with 20 home runs, 39 doubles and 39 stolen bases in 157 games, earning his first All-Star appearance along the way. His 192 hits led all outfielders, and he won his first Gold Glove for his outstanding defense.

    A first-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 2009, Pollock is a career .281 hitter with 74 homers, 264 RBIs and 367 runs in 637 major league games.