LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Chicago Cubs ended the 2016 MLB season Wednesday night, meaning one thing: it’s officially the off-season and nine Dodgers have elected to test the open market.

Headlined by third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen, it looks like the Dodgers will have some serious decisions to make this winter.

Turner and Jansen are accompanied by starting pitchers Rich Hill, Brett Anderson, relievers Joe Blanton, J.P. Howell, Jesse Chavez, outfielders Josh Reddick, and second baseman Chase Utley.

And that list could grow even longer: pitcher Scott Kazmir has the right to opt out of the final two years and $32 million of his contract, and the Dodgers have a club option on catcher Carlos Ruiz that will pay him $4.5 million in 2017 if exercised or the club will have to pay him a $500,000  buyout if declined.

The Dodgers can offer a qualifying offer of $17.2 million for one year by 2 p.m. Monday, giving the players one week to accept or decline. If the player chooses to decline the offer and signs elsewhere, the team would receive a compensatory draft pick in between the first and second rounds next June.

Hill, Reddick, and Chavez aren’t eligible to receive such an offer due to being traded to the team mid-season.

Players are able to negotiate with any team they choose, but aren’t able to sign with any team for the next five days per MLB rules.

After 9 p.m. on Monday night, any free agent can sign with any team, which means the free agency market will officially open for the 2017 season.

Comments (2)
  1. Bill Russell says:

    hey i wish the owners would put friedman and zaridi on waivers so the dodgerts could have a front office that knows what it takes to win. You can not trade for has beens, cast offs and medical condition people and expect to win. The cubs won because they had epstein that knew great pitching was the key to winning. This is something that friedman and zaridi do not understand. Friedman told the fans he had a plan to win last year and again this year and his plans have gone down to defeat. The fans expect more than what friedman is producing

  2. You aren’t really listening to Andy. Dodgers are not going to spend big$$$$$ on trades or FA; hope that doesn’t include JT or Kenley. They are rebuilding and will bring prospects up gradually.
    He says it over and over. He appears to be sticking to it.

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