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Dodgers Roster Breakdown

When is a Super Two not a Super Two? Ramon Troncoso knows.
When is a Super Two not a Super Two? Ramon Troncoso knows.

Here is an overview of the Dodgers' 40-man roster, heading into the offseason. There are 42 players currently on the 40-man roster, including one (Vicente Padilla) on the 60-day disabled list and another (Ronald Belisario) on the restricted list. The roster will change quickly after the World Series as players file for free agency. I have split them into a few groups:

Free Agents (8)

Type A*: none 

Type B*: Rod Barajas

OthersJonathan Broxton, Jamey Carroll, Hiroki Kuroda**, Mike MacDougal, Aaron Miles, Vicente Padilla, Juan Rivera

*Eddie Bajek of Detroit Tigers Thoughts has done a great job of reverse engineering the Elias Rankings, and has posted them at MLB Trade Rumors.  In order to receive compensation for Type A or Type B free agents, the club must offer them arbitration.  Type A free agents net a first round pick from the team that signs them, provided the pick isn't in the top 15 (not including supplemental picks for failing to sign the first round pick for the previous season), in addition to a supplemental pick in between the first and second rounds.

If a team signs more than one Type A free agent, the players are ranked by their Elias ranking, they give up picks in the lower rounds as well.  For instance, the Yankees two years ago gave up their first three picks for signing CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and A.J. Burnett, all Type A free agents.  Type B free agents net only a supplemental pick.

The Dodgers' first round pick in the 2012 draft, number 18 overall, will be an unprotected pick, meaning if they somehow find the money to sign a Type A free agent the Dodgers would give up that number 18 pick.

**Kuroda has four years of service time but his contract states that the Dodgers cannot offer him arbitration and that he will be a free agent after the season.

Options (2)

Jon Garland has an $8 million club option, with a buyout of $500,000.

Casey Blake has a $6 million club option, with a buyout of $1.25 million.

Neither Garland nor Blake are projected to be a Type A or B free agent.

Under Contract (4)

You can click on each player name for more details of their contract.

Player 2011 Salary 2012 Salary Signed through
Juan Uribe $5,000,000 $8,000,000 2013
Chad Billingsley $6,275,000 $9,000,000 2014
Ted Lilly $7,500,000 $12,000,000 2013
Matt Guerrier $1,500,000 $4,750,000 2013
Includes signing bonuses. Details here.

Arbitration Eligible (7)

Player Service Time 2011 Base Salary
Andre Ethier 5.153 $9,250,000
Hong-Chih Kuo 5.114 $2,725,000
Matt Kemp 5.049 $7,100,000
James Loney 5.012 $4,875,000
Tony Gwynn Jr.
Clayton Kershaw 3.105 $500,000
Dana Eveland 3.008 $500,000*

The service time is listed in years and days, such that 4.044 means four years, 44 days of service time. There are 183 days in a major league season, but it only takes 172 days to accrue a full year of service time. A player can't receive credit for more than 172 days in a season.

The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players and those under team control is 9 p.m. PDT on December 12.

Under Team Control (21)

Player Service Time 2011 Base Salary Options Used Options Left
Ramon Troncoso 2.143 $442,000 2008,2010,2011
Eugenio Velez
Blake Hawksworth 2.108 $426,000 2007,2008,2009 none
Ronald Belisario** 1.151 $0 2004,2005,2008 none
A.J. Ellis 1.151 $421,000 2009,2010,2011 none
Kenley Jansen 1.073 $416,000 2010 2
Scott Elbert 1.069 $415,000 2009,2010,2011 none
Trent Oeltjen 1.027 $414,000* 2009 2
Carlos Monasterios 1.000 $414,000* 2011 2
Javy Guerra 0.137 $414,000 2010,2011 1
John Ely 0.135 $418,000 2010,2011
Rubby De La Rosa
Dee Gordon
Russ Mitchell 0.085 $414,500* 2011 2
Josh Lindblom
Jerry Sands
Nathan Eovaldi
Justin Sellers
Ivan DeJesus 0.041 $414,000 2010,2011 1
Jamie Hoffmann 0.029 $415,000* 2009,2011 1
Tim Federowicz
*Estimated; **Belisario is on the restricted list and not on the 40-man roster

For more detailed payroll information, be sure to visit the payroll worksheet, of which a summary is always located on the right sidebar. The service times are based on the Dodgers' transactions throughout the season. There might be a few that are off by a couple of days, but nothing that would materially change anybody's status.

Ramon Troncoso has enough service time to possibly qualify for Super Two status, meaning he would be arbitration eligible for four seasons instead of the standard three. The baseline for a Super Two varies from year to year, but last year Chase Headley of the Padres qualified with two years, 123 days of service time. Troncoso is at two years, 142 days of service time heading into this winter. But a closer examination of the collective bargaining agreement shows the requirements for being a Super Two:

A Player with at least two but less than three years of Major League service shall be eligible for salary arbitration if: (a) he has accumulated at least 86 days of service during the immediately preceding season; and (b) he ranks in the top seventeen percent (17%) (rounded to the nearest whole number) in total service in the class of Players who have at least two but less than three years of Major League service, however accumulated, but with at least 86 days of service accumulated during the immediately preceding season.

Troncoso was with the Dodgers for three separate stints in 2011, but accumulated only 62 days of service time, so he is not eligible for arbitration.

Here are some important dates to remember for the offseason:

  • Day After World Series Ends:  begins 5-day period for eligible players to file for free agency
  • November 19:  Date reserve lists must be set (adding players to 40-man roster for purposes of Rule 5 draft). Back in August, Chris Jackson of the Albuquerque Examiner analyzed the Dodgers farm system, and found these eight players that need to be added to the 40-man in November to avoid the risk of losing them in the Rule 5 draft: Michael Antonini, Pedro Baez, Gorman Erickson, Elian Herrera, Will Savage, Alfredo Silverio, Scott Van Slyke, and Matt Wallach.
  • December 1:  Last date to offer arbitration to free agents to receive compensation (Barajas, a Type B, is the only pending Dodgers free agent who would bring compensation)
  • December 7:  Deadline for free agents to accept or decline arbitration
  • December 11: MLB collective bargaining agreement expires
  • December 12:  Deadline to tender contracts to players under team control or pre-free agency arbitration-eligible players
  • January 5-15: Salary arbitration filing period
  • January 18: Clubs and players exchange salary arbitration figures
  • February 1-20: Salary arbitration hearings to be held
  • February 18-23: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training (date varies by team)
  • March 2-11: Contracts for players under team control that have not yet signed can be renewed
  • April 5: Clayton Kershaw wins first game of regular season, at Petco Park in San Diego