June 22, 2021

Dodgers agree to incentive-laden deal with right-hander Jimmy Nelson (ESPN)

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers, still hoping to acquire a star player on the trade market, made another low-risk, high-upside addition on Tuesday, announcing they’ve agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Jimmy Nelson.

The Dodgers didn’t announce the terms. But Nelson, a 30-year-old right-hander who had spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Brewers, has a $1.25 million contract that includes a $2 million club option for 2021, which could become a more lucrative mutual option if he reaches certain thresholds, sources told ESPN.

Nelson’s deal, first reported on by the Los Angeles Times, could surpass $13 million if he hits all of his incentives.

Nelson broke out as a starting pitcher in 2017, going 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA and finishing ninth in National League Cy Young Award voting. But he underwent shoulder surgery in September and missed the entire 2018 season. In 2019, he battled elbow soreness, got demoted to Triple-A and compiled only 22 innings in the major leagues. The Brewers decided not to tender him a contract in December, making Nelson a free agent with five years of major league service time.

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