The Dodgers avoided arbitration for the 2015 season with A.J. Ellis, Chris Heisey, Kenley Jansen, Juan Nicasio and Justin Turner.
This year, the group of arbitration-eligible players consists of: Luis Avilan, Ellis, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Hatcher, Heisey, Jansen, Nicasio, Justin Ruggiano, Turner, Scott Van Slyke and Joe Wieland.
The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players is Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. PT. Ellis, Heisey, Jansen, Nicasio, Ruggiano and Turner all earned over $2 million this season. Jansen led the bunch with a $7.425 million salary.
Brett Anderson, Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins will become free agents the morning after the World Series ends.
It was reported Anderson will receive the one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer. Kendrick may also be in the same boat as the left-hander.
No player in MLB history has signed the qualifying offer, though Anderson certainly presents an interesting case study. He managed to break free of the injury prone perception, and filled the void in the starting rotation left by season-ending injuries to McCarthy and Ryu.
More so than Anderson, Kendrick is unlikely to re-sign with the Dodgers on the one-year deal. Both players can reject the qualifying offer, then agree to different terms with Los Angeles.
The Dodgers would receive a compensatory pick in the 2016 draft for any qualifying offer extended and not signed. Qualifying offers must be submitted by 2 p.m. PT on the fifth day following the World Series.
Players have until 2 p.m. on the 12th day after the World Series to accept or decline. Given Corey Seager’s emergence over the last month of the regular season, Rollins would appear to be a long shot to return with the Dodgers.