By Jon Weisman
Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson and Howie Kendrick received from the Dodgers one-year qualifying offers, the meaning of which is explained by Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
The players — who are free to sign with other clubs beginning Friday at 9:01 p.m. PT — have until Nov. 13 to accept the offer, binding them to the club for only the 2016 season at a salary of $15.8 million. No player has accepted a qualifying offer since it was implemented as part of the free-agency system in 2011.
If the players reject the offer and sign with another club, the Dodgers would receive a compensation draft pick after the first round. The players still can re-sign with the Dodgers.
In addition, the Dodgers announced that outfielders Chris Heisey and Justin Ruggiano have elected to become free agents, and that the team has declined the club options on Bronson Arroyo, Joel Peralta and Chase Utley.
Anderson would have to gamble to see what he would make in a second or more years as a FA, because for a one year deal I doubt he’d get more than 12m.
The only one I’m interested in is Greinke. I hope the Dodgers go all out to sign him. I don’t think age should be a factor when it comes to Greinke. Many pitchers have done well even into their 40s.