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Dodgers roster breakdown

An in-depth look at the roster of the Los Angeles Dodgers as they head into the offseason.

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Here is an overview of the Dodgers roster, heading into the offseason. There are 48 players currently on the 40-man roster, including a whopping 10 on the 60-day disabled list. There were 50 players on the roster until Thursday, when pitcher Rubby De La Rosa and outfielder Jerry Sands were officially sent to the Boston Red Sox as players to be named later to complete the nine-player Adrian Gonzalez trade.

I have split the Dodgers roster into a few groups:

Free Agents (7)

IF Adam Kennedy

OF Shane Victorino

OF Bobby Abreu

RHP Joe Blanton

RHP Brandon League

RHP Jamey Wright

LHP Randy Choate

General manager Ned Colletti expressed an interest in all three of his pending bullpen free agents, especially League. Victorino is a long shot to return, barring some unforeseen trade to clear an outfield spot.

Options (3)

OF/1B Juan Rivera has a $4 million club option for 2013, or a $500,000 buyout.

C Matt Treanor has a $950,000 club option for 2013, or a $150,000 buyout.

RHP Todd Coffey has a $2.5 million club option for 2013, or a $300,000 buyout. Coffey underwent Tommy John surgery in July and is not expected back until July or August next year.

The Dodgers will have to decide whether or not to exercise these options within a few days after the World Series ends. My guess is all three options will be declined.

Under Contract (17)

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

Player 2012 Salary 2013 Salary Signed through
Adrian Gonzalez $4,590,164* $19,050,000 2018
Mark Ellis $2,500,000 $5,250,000 2013
Hanley Ramirez $5,819.671* $15,500,000 2013
Juan Uribe $8,000,000 $7,000,000 2013
Carl Crawford $4,262,295* $20,000,000 2017
Matt Kemp $10,000,000 $22,000,000 2019
Andre Ethier $10,950,000 $13,500,000 2017
Jerry Hairston Jr. $2,250,000 $3,750,000 2013
Nick Punto $327,869* $1,500,000 2013
Clayton Kershaw $6,000,000 $13,000,000 2013
Josh Beckett $3,442,623* $15,750,000 2014
Chad Billingsley $9,000,000 $11,000,000 2014
Ted Lilly $12,000,000 $13,500,000 2013
Chris Capuano $3,000,000 $6,000,000 2013
Aaron Harang $3,000,000 $7,000,000 2013
Matt Guerrier $1,500,000 $4,750,000 2013
Yasiel Puig $8,000,000 $8,000,000 2018
Includes signing bonuses. Details here. *with Dodgers

Kershaw is signed through 2013 but also has one more year of arbitration eligibility left after that. He won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season. Puig, while signed through the 2018 season, will not qualify for free agency until he has six years of major league service time.

In addition, OF Tony Gwynn Jr. is under contract for a non-guaranteed $1.15 million in 2013, but he is currently not on the 40-man roster.

Arbitration Eligible (3)

Player Service Time 2012 Base Salary
Blake Hawksworth 3.108 $495,000
A.J. Ellis 2.151
Ronald Belisario 2.137 $480,000

I am estimating that both Ellis and Belisario will qualify for Super Two status, which means they are among the top 22% in service time of players with at least two years but not yet three years of service. They would potentially have four years of salary arbitration eligibility instead of the normal three.

Hawksworth is expected to miss most if not all of next season after he had arthroscopic shoulder surgery in August. He is an obvious non-tender candidate.

The service time is listed in years and days, such that 3.108 means three years, 108 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.

To show what a difference a year makes, last season at this time the Dodgers had four players under contract and seven more eligible for arbitration.

The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players and those under team control is 9 p.m. PDT on Nov. 30.

Under Team Control (18)

Player Service Time 2012 Base Salary Options Used Options Left
Kenley Jansen 2.073 $491,000 2010 2
Scott Elbert 2.069 $488,500 2009,2010,2011 none
Javy Guerra 1.137 $488,000 2010,2011 1
Dee Gordon
$485,000 2011
Luis Cruz 1.076 $480,000* 2007,2009,2010 none
Justin Sellers
$481,000 -----
John Ely 0.168 $490,000* 2010,2011
Shawn Tolleson 0.122 $480,000 ----- 3
Elian Herrera 0.089 $480,000 2012 2
Tim Federowicz
$480,000* 2012
Josh Wall 0.047 $480,000 2012 2
Matt Angle 0.043 n/a 2011,2012 1
Stephen Fife 0.041 $480,000 2012 2
Scott Van Slyke 0.041 $480,000 2012 2
Alex Castellanos 0.039 $480,000 2012 2
Alfredo Silverio 0.033 $480,000 2012 2
Chris Withrow 0.032 $480,000 2012 2
Paco Rodriguez 0.029 $480,000 ----- 3

Guerra was optioned on Aug. 21 and returned on Aug. 31, meaning his option lasted 11 days. Because he was optionally assigned for less than 20 days during the season, Guerra's 2012 option does not count, and he still has one option remaining.

For more detailed payroll information, be sure to visit the payroll worksheet. These 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.

Here are some important dates to remember for the offseason:

  • Day after World Series ends: All players eligible for free agency automatically become free agents at 6 a.m. PDT.
  • Quiet Period: For the first five days after the World Series ends, no players may sign with new clubs but are allowed to negotiate with any team.
  • Qualifying Offers: It is during this five-day period that any free agent that was with his team for the entire season (Victorino, League, Blanton, Choate, and Abreu for instance wouldn't qualify for the Dodgers since they were acquired midseason) can be given a one-year qualifying offer that is equal to the average of the top 125 salaries of 2012. The player has seven days after the post-World-Series five-day period ends to accept or decline the offer. If a player declines the offer and signs elsewhere before next season begins, the former club gets a compensation draft pick in between the first and second rounds of next year's draft, and the signing club forfeits their first-round pick (if the pick is in the top ten, they forfeit their next-highest pick). Since Kennedy and Wright are the only two players who qualify here, I'm going out on a limb to say the Dodgers won't be on the receiving end of any compensatory draft picks in 2013.
  • November 20: Date reserve lists must be set (adding players to 40-man roster for purposes of Rule 5 draft). Players like Matt Magill, Aaron Miller, and Steven Ames, to name a few, are ones to watch here.
  • November 30: Last date to tender contracts, by 9 p.m. PT
  • December 6: Rule 5 draft, at the winter meetings in Nashville
  • January 13: Salary arbitration filing date
  • January 17: Clubs and players exchange salary arbitration figures
  • February 1-20: Salary arbitration hearings to be held
  • February 17-22: 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 1: Clayton Kershaw beats Matt Cain at Dodger Stadium