Pollock declined the Diamondbacks' one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer and became a free agent Monday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Pollock will enter free agency for the first time in his career after hitting .257/.316/.484 with 21 homers and 13 stolen bases across 113 games in 2018. The outfielder has five-tool potential when healthy, though injuries have been an issue for him in the past.
Pollock will receive a $17.9 million qualifying offer from Arizona prior to Friday's deadline, Jon Heyman of Fancred reports. Pollock hit .257/.316/.484 with 21 home runs, 65 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 113 games for the Diamondbacks this past year. This move shouldn't come as any surprise, and Pollock will now have 10 days to decide whether to accept the deal or head to free agency.
Pollock is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres. Pollock sits for just the second time in the last 23 games, hitting .256 with five homers over that stretch. Jon Jay will start in center field Saturday.
Pollock went 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers. Pollock helped break this one open in the fifth inning, turning a one-run lead into a 6-2 margin with his three-run blast. He's gone deep three times over the last five games to establish a new career-high mark in home runs (21), and is now slashing .262/.318/.494.
Pollock went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk Monday in the Diamondbacks' 7-4 loss to the Dodgers. The outfielder's homer was his 20th of the season, matching the career-best total he notched in 2015. Pollock will have five more games to try and establish a new personal high in the category, but it's unlikely that he'll start or play all nine innings in any of those contests with the Diamondbacks eliminated from postseason contention and perhaps inclined to assess some of their younger outfielders.