Dodgers and the right-hander Tony Gonsolin The team announced that they signed a two-year, $6.65 million contract to avoid arbitration. The deal does not affect the club’s team control window as he can control him until the 2026 season.
The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaia reports financial failure for client Beverly Hills Sports Council (On Twitter). Gonsolin will make $3.25MM this coming season, slightly north of the midpoint between his $3.4MM file figure and the team’s $3MM offer. The deal contains a modest $3.4MM base salary for 2024, but would allow the right-hander to command the appropriate amount if he stays healthy this year. Gonsolin’s 2024 salary would increase by $500K for each of his 14, 16, 18, 20, 24 and 28 starts this season – potentially adding 3MM to his ’24 salary. The contract contains bonuses based on Cy Young’s voting completions.
According to the Associated Press, Gonsolin’s 2024 salary is increased by $1.125 million if Sean Young wins next season, $625,000 for a top-three finish and $500,000 for a fifth-place finish. According to the AP, a relief appearance of at least 3 1/3 would be equivalent to starting for escalators purposes – perhaps a trick to help open the escalators when he deploys Gonsolin’s route behind the opening.
It’s a relatively inconsequential transaction in the big picture, but it does lock in some value certainty for the club and the player over the next couple of years. Gonsolin, who became eligible for arbitration as a Super Two player earlier this summer, still has two more seasons of arbitration eligibility, covering 2025-26. The deal ends the Dodgers’ arbitration deal this offseason, as the parties agreed to terms with the other nine players in exchange for figures before Jan. 14.
Gonsolin debuted in 2019 and worked as a depth starter for the first two-plus seasons. While the St. Mary’s product has been consistently effective, he didn’t crack a permanent spot in the Dodgers’ strong rotation until last year. In the year In the 2022 campaign, Gonsolin established himself as one of the best pitchers in the sport. He posted an impressive 2.14 ERA spanning 24 starts in 130 1/3 innings. His .207 batting average on balls makes it impossible to secure that ace-level run defense, but the 28-year-old is striking out 23.9 percent of opponents on average with a solid 7 percent walk rate. Even if his ERA takes a step back, he looks like a quality middle-of-the-rotation pitcher.
The Dodgers’ payroll is set at just under $222 million, as calculated by Roster Resources. The team’s competitive residual tax figure is a few million dollars above the $233mm threshold, while Gonsolin’s $3.325mm average annual value counts against the record. Estimated CBT liabilities are at approximately $238MM.