Mike Baxter Rumors
3:49pm: The Dodgers have avoided arbitration with Scott Elbert and Drew Butera, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times (on Twitter). Elbert gets a one-year, $575K deal while Butera will earn $700K (link).
Our own Matt Swartz projected that Elbert would earn $600K through arbitration while Butera would get $700K. Elbert, 28, underwent Tommy John surgery in June and was considered a non-tender candidate, but it would appear that the Dodgers are confident that he will bounce back strong in 2014. The lefty reliever posted a 2.20 ERA with 8.0 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 2012.
Butera, 30, saw just six big league games in total last season for the Twins and Dodgers. The catcher came to Los Angeles in a July 31st deal for a player to be named later. In 43 Triple-A games last year, Butera hit just .187/.228 /.281.
The Dodgers have now avoided arbitration with three of their players today after signing Elbert, Butera, and Mike Baxter earlier today. There are four remaining arbitration eligible Dodgers - Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, A.J. Ellis, and Ronald Belisario.
2:45pm: Baxter settled with the Dodgers for $700K in 2014, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter).
1:50pm: The Dodgers have avoided arbitration with outfielder Mike Baxter, according to his representatives at the Beverly Hills Sports Council (via Twitter). Terms of the one-year deal are not known for Baxter, who was projected to earn $500K by MLBTR's Matt Swartz.
Baxter, 29 in December, was arbitration eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two. The Dodgers claimed the outfielder off waivers from the Mets in October, hoping that he could regain his form from 2012 where he slashed .263/.365/.413 with three homers in 211 plate appearances. In 74 games for the Mets in 2013, Baxter hit just .189/.303/.250.
Baxter, 29 in December, hit just .189/.303/.250 in 74 games for the Mets in 2013. In 2012, however, Baxter slashed .263/.365/.413 with three homers in 211 plate appearances appearances. Baxter has significant experience playing in both left and right field.
Castellanos, 27, has 24 big league games to his credit over the last two years with the Dodgers but spent the bulk of that time in Triple-A. In 199 games at Triple-A Albuquerque, the outfielder hit .291/.382/.525. The Dodgers acquired Castellanos in July 2011 from the Cardinals for Rafael Furcal and cash.
To keep track of Castellanos and all other players in DFA limbo, be sure to check out MLBTR's DFA Tracker. Baxter is the second player to be plucked from the Mets roster this afternoon following the Angels' claim on Robert Carson.