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Mike Baxter, Dodgers avoid arbitration

Nov 29, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

Black Friday door-buster deals! An outfielder for a mere $700k!


Baxter was claimed by the Dodgers off waivers from the Mets in October. He was arbitration eligible for the first time as a super two. He showed a lot of promise in 2011 and 2012, posting a .363 OBP in 251 plate appearances. In 2013 he was pretty terrible, though, batting .189 and posting an OBP of .303.

He’s worth a $700K gamble, however, especially if the Dodgers either trade and outfielder or, as has been the case much of the past couple of seasons, they need a one or two hundred plate appearances from a reserve to cover for Matt Kemp or Carl Crawford injuries.

  1. thepoolshark - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I wonder if he is contagious, with whatever the Mets have? Gotta wonder about Mega-Buck Dodgers picking up Met castaways, I guess even billionaires gotta pinch pennies when they add $250 MM to future payroll for Boston duds.

    • gloccamorra - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Nah, he’s one of many “could be good, but maybe not an everyday player” guys who get caught in roster squeezes. He was left unprotected (put on waivers, hoping nobody bites) by the Padres in a roster squeeze and the Mets picked him up, and the Dodgers got him the same way when the Mets tried to send him down. He may turn out to be a solid 4th outfielder on a team that could give him 400-450 ABs.

  2. notsofast10 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Long time Dodger fan here….Who’s Mike Baxter?

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