Joc Pederson Chicago Cubs

Age: 28 (April 21, 1992) | 6' 1" | 220lbs. | Bats: Left OF-29 LF-23 RF-8 DH-12 PH-36
LAD A 2017 3 7 0 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .400 .143 30 30 .250 n/a
LAD AAA 2017 17 65 8 11 5 14 1 0 3 9 1 0 .169 .225 .323 7 20 .163 n/a
LAD NL 2017 102 273 44 58 39 68 20 0 11 35 4 3 .212 .331 .407 12 21 .241 47/19/34 5 6
LAD NL 2018 148 395 65 98 40 85 27 3 25 56 1 5 .248 .321 .522 9 19 .253 39/17/44 15 15
LAD NL 2019 149 450 83 112 50 111 16 3 36 74 1 1 .249 .339 .538 10 22 .249 42/17/41 18 17
LAD NL 2020 43 121 21 23 11 34 4 0 7 16 1 0 .190 .285 .397 8 25 .200 48/15/36 6 7
CHC NL 2021 7 21 1 2 2 8 0 0 1 3 0 0 .095 .167 .238 8 33 .077 46/0/54 -1 -1
Career 8yrs 755 2174 346 498 306 617 112 7 131 306 17 18 .229 .335 .468 12 24 .255 n/a
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Ugly season and an equally ugly BABIP.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Sep 21 '20

Joc Pederson (1B) LA - Feb. 13

Manager Dave Roberts said Pederson will likely occupy the large side of a platoon in left field, Ken Gurnick of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Assuming Pederson -- who was reportedly traded to the Angels earlier in the offseason before the deal fell through -- is on the Dodgers' Opening Day roster, he's expected to share playing time in left field with A.J. Pollock. Pederson occupied a similar role in 2019, starting 104 games against righties but just six against southpaws. 

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 14 '20

A tactically successful, strategically dumb move by the businessmen of summer.

Ken Rosenthal in The Athletic:

In the 45-year history of salary arbitration in baseball, no one on the players’ side could remember taking the action they did Thursday, shortly before the start of Joc Pederson’s hearing.

With an agreement reportedly in place for Pederson to be traded from the Dodgers to the Angels, the players’ union and the outfielder’s agents at Excel Sports Management filed a motion for the hearing to be delayed, contending that Pederson effectively was in limbo, a man without a team.

Major League Baseball already had rejected the union’s request. The three-person arbitration panel did the same. And thus began another odd chapter in an extraordinary week that started with two connected, captivating trade agreements and ended with the union again expressing public frustration over the way MLB treats its players.

Both the three-team blockbuster that would send star outfielder Mookie Betts to the Dodgers and a separate deal that would send Pederson to the Angels remained on hold Friday night. The trades are still alive, but likely will not be completed in their original, reported form due to concerns the Red Sox raised after viewing the medical records of Twins right-hander Brusdar Graterol, one of the two players they would receive for Betts and left-hander David Price.

The fallout from the impasse prompted union head Tony Clark to issue a scathing statement shortly after 5 p.m. ET on Friday. The statement included a reference to Pederson’s hearing, calling it a “perversion of the salary arbitration process.” Pederson, 27, lost his case, and his salary in 2020 will be the Dodgers’ proposed $7.75 million rather than his requested $9.5 million.

“The proposed trades between the Dodgers, Red Sox, Twins and Angels need to be resolved without further delay,” Clark said. “The events of this last week have unfairly put several players’ lives in a state of limbo. The unethical leaking of medical information as well as the perversion of the salary arbitration process serve as continued reminders that too often players are treated as commodities by those running the game.”

The collective-bargaining agreement says a hearing “may be postponed by the arbitration panel upon the application of either the Player or Club based upon a showing of substantial cause.” The uncertainty surrounding Pederson satisfied that requirement in the view of the union and his agents.

Instead, the Dodgers went to a hearing for the first time since winning a case against reliever Joe Beimel in 2007 and paying him $912,500. The team avoided arbitration by awarding multiyear extensions to two other current players, signing infielder Max Muncy for three years, $26 million on Thursday and utility man Chris Taylor for two years, $13.4 million on Friday.

MLB’s position on Pederson, backed by the arbitration panel, was that the hearing could proceed because the player had not yet been traded officially, and might never be. The league also was confident that the Dodgers would win their case against Pederson and perhaps feared establishing a precedent for delays would embolden other players to seek ways out of hearings in the future.

MLB and the union negotiate the arbitration schedule, with the hearings taking place between Feb. 1-20. The union offered multiple dates to reschedule Pederson’s case, but hearings generally are postponed only when a player and team are in agreement on a multi-year contract, pending a physical, sources said. An exception occurred in 2001, when Mariano Rivera’s agency fired his primary representative. Rivera, under new representation, then avoided arbitration by signing a four-year, $39.99 million deal.

A delay of four or five days would have been fairer to Pederson, his representatives contended, allowing time for the trade negotiations to resolve. If the deal had been completed during that time, the Angels might have reached a settlement with Pederson rather than make a case against a player they had just acquired. If the trade had fallen through, Pederson would simply have gone to a hearing with the Dodgers.

Instead, Pederson’s side ending up in the awkward position of trying to prove his value for a team that was in the process of trading him. The Dodgers used outside counsel to argue its case, a common practice among clubs. The absence of top Dodgers officials from the hearing in Phoenix was more unusual.

Which, to those on the players’ side, was the point.

The salary-arbitration process is designed for players and their employers to resolve their differences either through settlement or an arbitration panel’s decision. Pederson, though, was not clear on which team employed him, sources say. He already had received text messages from members of Dodgers management wishing him well with the Angels.

Then there was the actual case, in which the Dodgers, according to sources, argued that Pederson was a platoon player, and not worthy of his requested salary. Pederson, a left-handed hitter, has only 375 plate appearances against left-handers in his career, compared to 2,004 against righties. The Dodgers, after asking him and other members of their club to sacrifice playing time for the benefit of the team, effectively held it against him.

Another problem for Pederson’s representatives was that they could not make a case for how he might help the Angels going forward – a component that arbitrators take into account. Pederson likely would play a greater role for the Angels than he did with the Dodgers, replacing Kole Calhoun as the team’s primary right fielder, at least until the promotion of top prospect Jo Adell, and even filling in at first base. He also would bring winning pedigree as a past contributor to two World Series teams and five straight division champions. The Angels have not won a postseason game since 2009.

The process, those on the players’ side say, was prejudiced against Pederson, preventing him from effectively arguing his case. In their view, the postponement of the hearing was only sensible. MLB and the arbitration panel disagreed. And an unusual situation that might have resolved amicably only sparked another dispute between the two sides.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 8 '20

To the Angels for Luis Rengifo

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 5 '20

Hit nine homers in 23 games (61 AB) in September. On the season hit zero homers in 49 AB against lefties. Slashed .270/.364/.647 in Dodger Stadium, which is to say he wasn't the same player on the road.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 24 '20
Fangraphs 2018: WAR 2.7 Bat 14 Field 0 Run 1 HR/FB 18% Pull 43% Hard 42% IFFB 10%
Fangraphs 2019: WAR 3.0 Bat 18 Field 2 Run 0 HR/FB 26% Pull 49% Hard 45% IFFB 16%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '19