The Los Angeles Dodgers extended the $18.4 million qualifying offer for the 2022 season to Corey Seager and Chris Taylor ahead of the deadline but as expected, both players declined it in favor of proceeding with free agency.
Since the qualifying offer was implemented in 2012, only 11 of 110 players who were extended one went on to accept it. The Dodgers have offered the one-year pact to 10 players, with the first being Hanley Ramirez in 2014.
He rejected it and signed a four-year, $88 million contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Ramirez’s departure netted the Dodgers a compensatory pick in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft which was used on Kyle Funkhouser. However, he did not sign with the team after choosing to return to Louisville for a senior season.
The following year, L.A. extended the qualifying offer to Brett Anderson, Zack Greinke and Howie Kendrick. Of the three players, only Anderson accepted the one-year pact worth $15.8 million.
Greinke wound up signing a six-year, $206.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, which resulted in the Dodgers receiving another compensatory draft pick. That selection turned into Will Smith, who has since emerged as one of the league’s top catchers.
Kendrick signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, but the Dodgers did not get extra draft compensation.
In 2016, L.A. extended the qualifying offer to Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner. Both declined it but went on to re-sign with the organization.
After not tendering the qualifying offer to any player in 2017, the Dodgers extended the one-year pact to Yasmani Grandal and Hyun-Jin Ryu the following year.
Grandal rejected it and ultimately signed a one-year, $18.25 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Dodgers received a compensatory pick and selected Jimmy Lewis in the second round of the 2019 MLB Draft.
Ryu, meanwhile, accepted the one-year, $17.9 million offer for the 2019 season and turned a career season with the Dodgers into a four-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays the following winter.
L.A. did not tender a qualifying offer to any player during the 2019 and 2020 offseasons.
Dodgers draft compensation if Seager and/or Taylor sign elsewhere
Barring potential changes to the current system with a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the Dodgers will receive compensatory picks after the fourth round of the 2022 MLB Draft if Seager and/or Taylor sign elsewhere this offseason.
That’s because L.A. was one of two teams to exceed the $210 luxury tax threshold this year. Otherwise, they would be entitled to a pick after the first round.
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