Teoscar Hernández Agrees to a One-year Contract With the Los Angeles Dodgers Worth $23.5 Million

Teoscar Hernández Wants to Sign New Dodgers Contract (Los Angeles Dodgers/MLB)

The Los Angeles Dodgers have made a serious move, signing outfielder Teoscar Hernández to a one-year, $23.5 million contract. This addition bolsters the Dodgers’ already impressive lineup, making them the clear favorite to win the World Series.

Hernández, a 31-year-old All-Star, chose a lucrative one-year deal over exploring other options in the crowded outfield market or seeking a longer contract. The contract includes deferrals, with $8.5 million of Hernández’s salary to be paid between 2030 and 2039.

Teoscar José Hernández (Los Angeles Dodgers/MLB)

This move pushes the Dodgers’ payroll to around $270 million, putting them in the second luxury-tax bracket and resulting in an additional 12.5% surcharge. Factoring in luxury tax costs, Hernández’s one-year deal will cost the Dodgers over $32 million.

Despite this remarkable investment, the Dodgers believe Hernández’s consistent power hitting and ability to crush left-handed pitching make him a valuable asset.

With 147 home runs and 442 RBIs since 2018, Hernández provides a strong complement to the Dodgers’ existing outfield and lineup. His expected role as a near-full-time player will allow him to capitalize on his strengths and potentially excel in the Dodgers’ high-powered offense.

The Dodgers’ aggressive move to sign Hernández demonstrates their commitment to building a superteam, even if it means exceeding the luxury tax threshold. With Hernández joining forces with Shohei Ohtani, Mookie Betts, and Freddie Freeman, the Dodgers’ lineup is poised to dominate the competition.

If Hernández performs well, the Dodgers can offer him a qualifying offer, potentially securing his services for another year. This move solidifies the Dodgers’ position as World Series favorites, and their willingness to spend big demonstrates their dedication to winning.