The Los Angeles Dodgers won a franchise-record 111 games during the regular season and were chasing another World Series title, but suffered an early playoff exit at the hands of the San Diego Padres in the series of the National League division.
The Dodgers are now in offseason mode with decisions to be made on 10 future free agents. The Dodgers’ impending free agent roster includes Tyler Anderson, Andrew Heaney, Clayton Kershaw and Trea Turner. They will officially hit the open market the morning after the World Series ends.
LA must also decide whether or not to exercise Justin Turner’s $16 million team option for the 2023 season. They also hold options on Hanser Alberto, Danny Duffy and Jimmy Nelson.
Daniel Hudson, Max Muncy and Blake Treinen would also have fallen into that category, but the Dodgers signed them for extensions in the 2022 season. Options must be exercised or declined no later than the fifth day after the World Series.
Additionally, the club’s list of free agents could grow if they choose not to bid any of the 12 players eligible for wage arbitration. Cody Bellinger is a no-bid candidate after struggling for most of the 2022 season.
The deadline to offer contracts to players on the 40-player roster for the 2023 season is December 2 at 5:00 p.m. PT.
Anderson had a career year with the Dodgers that saw him earn his first career All-Star Game selection and is expected to cash in this offseason. The southpaw could be offered a qualifying offer, which would secure draft compensation in LA if he signs elsewhere.
Qualifying offers must be made to players by 2:00 p.m. PT on the fifth day after the World Series. Players will then have 10 days to accept or decline the offer.
Joey Gallo was acquired by the Dodgers at the MLB trade deadline after a disastrous first half with the New York Yankees, and the slugger continued to struggle in LA
Gallo turns 29 in November and has a pair of 40 home run seasons under his belt, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he signs a one-year contract and tries to restore his worth next year.
Heaney was effective in 16 appearances (14 starts) for the Dodgers but missed much of the 2022 season due to injury. The southpaw could still receive a moderate contract from teams needing throwing help.
Tommy Kahnle returned to a Major League mound this season for the first time since 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He’s become a major contributor to the Dodgers’ bullpen and it would make sense for the two sides to work out a new contract.
Kershaw is coming off another solid season with the Dodgers, but it remains to be seen if he will return for a 16th campaign. The 34-year-old previously said he was considering returning for another year but could change his mind or possibly even sign with his hometown Texas Rangers.
Kershaw is up for extending a qualifying offer, but like last year, the Dodgers will likely opt out to give him plenty of time to make a decision.
Craig Kimbrel’s first season with the Dodgers was mired in inconsistencies that saw him lose his closest role and get kicked off the NLDS roster.
Kimbrel is almost certain to pitch elsewhere next season, and the only question that remains is whether teams still consider him an option in the ninth inning.
Acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the MLB trade deadline, Martin became one of the league’s top relievers with the Dodgers after tweaking his pitch mix.
The 36-year-old proved he could handle the ninth inning after Kimbrel was dropped from the closest role, and the Dodgers will likely want to retain him depending on the price.
Kevin Pillar has only played four games for the Dodgers this season after fracturing his left shoulder, but he has enjoyed his time with the hometown team and could potentially return to the club with a Minor League contract. .
David Price was a reliable option for manager Dave Roberts this year, but there have been rumors the 37-year-old could retire and spend more time with his family.
Turner was a spark plug atop the Dodgers roster, finishing second in hits behind Freddie Freeman and is now set to sign a lucrative contract this offseason.
Turner is a lock to receive the qualifying offer and at the very least will earn the Dodgers a draft pick if they are unable to re-sign him.
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