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Mike Baxter, Dodgers avoid arbitration

New York Mets Photo Day

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Mike Baxter #23 of the New York Mets poses for a photograph during spring training media photo day at Tradition Field on February 21, 2013 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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

OF Mike Baxter has agreed to 1-year contract with #Dodgers to avoid arbitration.

— BHSC (@BHSCouncil) November 29, 2013

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.