Pollock went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and a walk Tuesday in the Dodgers' 8-2 Cactus League loss to the Royals. Pollock has been deployed as the Dodgers' leadoff hitter in both of his spring appearances to date, which likely provides a hint as to where he'll slot into the order once the regular season gets underway. The righty-hitting outfielder's starts both came against same-handed pitching, so it's possible that Pollock might even have full reign on the leadoff gig rather than merely being part of a platoon in that lineup spot.
Pollock can opt out of his contract with the Dodgers after three years if he stays healthy, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports. The opt-out will only be available should Pollock make 1,000 plate appearances in 2020 and 2021 combined or 1,450 plate appearances across the first three years of the deal. The first possibility requires 500 plate appearances per year, while the second requires 483.3 per year. Neither bar is particularly hard to clear for an everyday player, but Pollock has only once reached either threshold, so it would take an unprecedented level of health for the outfielder. The Dodgers would likely happily lose his age-34 season if it meant consistent availability over the next three years.
Pollock agreed to a four-year, $55 million contract with the Dodgers on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The 31-year-old has been talking with the Dodgers for much of the offseason, and it seems that they finally managed to get a deal done. Pollock's presence should give the Dodgers an intriguing power/speed combo toward the top of the lineup. Injuries are certainly a concern with the outfielder, however, but he figures to be a mainstay in center field for Los Angeles when he's healthy.
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.
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