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Dodgers offseason roster breakdown

What are you guys doing on December 2?
What are you guys doing on December 2?
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Unfortunately it is that time of year again, where the on-field action has concluded and the offseason is here. There are 46 players currently on the Dodgers 40-man roster, including six players on the 60-day disabled list. Here is where they stand heading into the offseason.

I have split the Dodgers roster into a few groups:

Free Agents (7)

SS Hanley Ramirez

RHP Josh Beckett

RHP Kevin Correia

RHP Roberto Hernandez

LHP Paul Maholm

RHP Chris Perez

RHP Jamey Wright

The big fish in this pond is Ramirez, who is looking  to cash in. The big question is whether or not the Dodgers will offer him a qualifying offer, a one-year, $15.3 million contract that, if he declines, would bring a supplemental draft pick as compensation should he sign elsewhere.

Beckett plans to retire, which will probably become official after the World Series.

Options (3)

RHP Brian Wilson has a player option for 2015 reportedly worth $9.5 million that he has apparently already decided to exercise.

RHP Dan Haren has a player option worth $10 million for 2015.

RHP Chad Billingsley has a club option for 2015 worth $14 million, which will almost certainly be bought out, bringing a buyout of $3 million.

The official decisions on these options will come after the World Series.

Under Contract (13)

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

Pos Player 2014 Salary 2015 Salary Signed through
RHP Brandon League $7,500,000 $9,500,000 2015*
LHP J.P. Howell $7,000,000 $4,000,000 2015*
3B Juan Uribe $9,500,000 $6,500,000 2015
LF Carl Crawford $20,250,000 $20,500,000 2017
IF(/LF?) Alex Guerrero $14,000,000 $4,000,000 2017
OF Andre Ethier $15,500,000 $18,000,000 2017*
RHP Zack Greinke $29,000,000 $23,000,000 2018^
1B Adrian Gonzalez $21,000,000 $21,000,000 2018
OF Yasiel Puig $2,000,000 $4,500,000 2018
LHP Hyun-jin Ryu $6,000,000 $4,500,000 2018
SS Erisbel Arruebarrena $9,000,000 $3,000,000 2018
OF Matt Kemp $21,000,000 $21,000,000 2019
LHP Clayton Kershaw $22,000,000 $30,000,000 2020
Includes signing bonuses and/or other payments. Details here.
*potential option; ^Can opt out after 2015

Puig, while signed through the 2018 season, will not qualify for free agency until he has six years of major league service time, which will be after the 2019 season at the earliest.

Arruebarrena similarly needs six years of service time before qualifying for free agency, so after the 2020 season at the earliest. He has two option years remaining.

Guerrero, who will be a free agent after the 2017 season, cannot be sent to the minors without his consent beginning in 2015.

Arbitration Eligible (8)

Pos Player Service Time 2014 Base Salary
OF Roger Bernadina 5.087 $1,000,000*
C A.J. Ellis 4.151 $3,550,000
RHP Kenley Jansen 4.073 $4,300,000
IF Darwin Barney 4.053 $2,300,000*
LHP Scott Elbert 4.046
IF Justin Turner 4.045
C Drew Butera 4.018 $700,000
2B Dee Gordon 2.154 $515,000
*acquired midseason

Gordon, with two years, 154 days of major league service time, will almost certainly qualify for Super Two status, meaning he is among the top 22% in service time of players with at least two years but not yet three years of service. He would potentially have four years of salary arbitration eligibility instead of the normal three. Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors projects the Super Two cutoff at two years, 122 days.

Gordon has one option remaining, as does Turner.

Jansen has two option years remaining, and Barney has three (he was optioned for 10 days in 2014, less than the required 20 days to count as an optional assignment).

Ellis, Elbert, Butera and Bernadina are out of options.

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.

The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players and those under team control is 9 p.m. PDT on Dec. 2.

Under Team Control (15)

Pos Player Service Time 2014 Base Salary Options Used Options Left
OF Scott Van Slyke 1.151 $507,500 2012,2013 1
RHP Chris Withrow 1.132 $506,600 2012,2013 1
LHP Paco Rodriguez 1.120 $512,500 2014 2
C Tim Federowicz 1.107 $513,000* 2012,2013,2014 none
LHP Onelki Garcia 1.019 $500,000 2014 2
RHP Stephen Fife 1.010 $508,000* 2012,2013,2014 none
RHP Jose Dominguez 0.119 $501,000 2014 2
IF Miguel Rojas 0.115 $500,000 none 3
RHP Pedro Baez 0.059 $500,000 2014 2
RHP Carlos Frias 0.056 $500,000 none 3
RHP Yimi Garcia 0.028 $500,000 2014 2
OF Joc Pederson 0.028 $500,000
RHP Matt Magill 0.026 n/a 2013, 2014 1
LHP Daniel Coulombe 0.013 $500,000 none 3
LHP Jarret Martin 0.000 n/a 2014 2

The minimum salary will increase in 2014 from $500,000 to some amount, likely somewhere near $510,000, in 2015. The final number will be known at some point when November, when the Consumer Price Index number from October 2014 is known.

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


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 can be given a one-year qualifying offer that is equal to the average of the top 125 salaries of 2013 ($15.3 million this year). The deadline to make the offer is 2 p.m. PT on the fifth day after the World Series. The deadline for the player to accept is 2 p.m. on the 12th day after the World Series. If a player declines the offer and signs elsewhere before the 2015 draft, 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).
  • November 20: Date reserve lists must be set (adding players to 40-man roster for purposes of Rule 5 draft). Players like Zach Lee, Chris Reed and Scott Schebler are ones to watch here, and maybe converted pitcher Blake Smith.
  • December 2: Last date to tender contracts, by 9 p.m. PT
  • December 11: Rule 5 draft, the last day of the winter meetings in San Diego
  • January 13: Salary arbitration filing date
  • January 16: Clubs and players exchange salary arbitration figures
  • February 1-20: Salary arbitration hearings to be held