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.