LOS ANGELES -- While everyone awaits official word that Zack Greinke has opted out of the remaining three years of his contract and becomes a free agent, the Los Angeles Dodgers already know that three of their players are on the market. Starting Monday, the Dodgers had three players who are now free agents: Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Brett Anderson, with several more to follow after the team declines some options. These three players can begin negotiating with other teams at 8:59 p.m. PT Friday.
Let’s explore each of the three player’s cases for returning:
Anderson, 27, is a good candidate for a qualifying offer. If he accepts the offer and a $15.8 million salary for 2016, which would make him the first player ever to accept a QO, the Dodgers would have a little more rotation insurance. Anderson was 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA and one bad start in the National League Division Series. The lefty reached career highs for starts (31) and innings (180 1/3), easing some worries about a long injury history. If he decides to shop for a multiyear deal, the Dodgers will be involved, but losing him and collecting a compensatory draft pick wouldn’t be the end of the world, either.
Kendrick hit .295 with a .745 OPS and showed the steadily productive bat that made the Dodgers want to trade for him as a one-year rental in the first place. On the other hand, his defensive numbers declined and he is 31. He missed 35 games in August and September after straining a hamstring, not the first time he has done so. He’s a solid player, but with Enrique Hernandez and Jose Peraza on the roster, the Dodgers will probably offer him a qualifying offer and happily collect the draft pick when he signs with the New York Yankees or another team.
Rollins, 36, kept the shortstop position warm until Corey Seager was ready, or at least that’s how it looks in retrospect. He didn’t hit much, batting .224 with a .643 OPS, but he had good pop for a shortstop, with 24 doubles and 13 home runs. A sprained finger in September opened the door for Seager and it never opened again for Rollins. He has said he wants to play in 2016, but it would be shocking if it were for the Dodgers.