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"Even with all of these caveats, though, this seems like a strong signing. Pollock will average $14 million a season over the first four years of the deal, which means if he’s a two-win player, the Dodgers are ahead of the game. Having Pollock for center is insurance should Chris Taylor be needed at shortstop as Corey Seager returns from Tommy John surgery. The Dodgers went full Team Pretzel last year, and swapping out two non-center-fielders for Pollock makes it that much easier for Dave Roberts to do so again in 2019."