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Dodgers 2015 offseason roster breakdown

A detailed look at the Dodgers' roster heading into the offseason.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers season is now over, which means we are officially in offseason mode. This will be the first full offseason with the new front office in place, so expect lots and lots of movement. After assembling a front office in November 2014, the Dodgers added 20 new players to the 40-man roster by last Dec. 31.

Today, there are 44 players on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, which includes four players on the 60-day disabled list. There are also two more off the 40-man roster but under contract for 2016. Here is a breakdown of the Dodgers roster into a few groups:

Free Agents (3)

LHP Brett Anderson

2B Howie Kendrick

SS Jimmy Rollins

The morning after the World Series ends, this trio will be officially free.

Kendrick and Anderson are strong candidates to receive a qualifying offer of one year, $15.8 million, which would net the Dodgers a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds in 2016 should they decline.

Qualifying offers must be made by 2 p.m. PT on the fifth day following the World Series, and players have until 2 p.m. on the 12th day following the World Series to accept or decline the offer.

Options (5)

RHP Bronson Arroyo has a $13 million club option for 2016, with a $4.5 million buyout.

LHP J.P. Howell has a $6.25 million player option for 2016.

RHP Joel Peralta has a $2.5 million club option for 2016.

2B Chase Utley has an $11 million* club option for 2016, with a $2 million buyout.

RHP Zack Greinke can opt out of the three years and $71 million left on his current contract and become a free agent. He has until three days after the World Series to decide.

*The exact amount of Utley's option is unconfirmed. It is between $5-11 million, based on how long he was on the disabled list in 2015; Utley missed 39 games with right ankle inflammation on the DL with the Phillies this season.

Most option decisions are due within five days of the World Series ending, though I don't have specific timing details of the non-Greinke options.

Under Contract (10)

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

Pos Player 2015 Salary 2016 Salary Signed through
OF Jose Tabata^ $4,000,000 $4,500,000 2016*
LF Carl Crawford $20,500,000 $20,750,000 2017
Alex Guerrero $4,000,000 $5,000,000 2017
OF Andre Ethier $18,000,000 $18,000,000 2017*
1B Adrian Gonzalez $21,000,000 $21,000,000 2018
RHP Brandon McCarthy $17,000,000 $11,000,000 2018
OF Yasiel Puig $4,500,000 $5,500,000 2018
LHP Hyun-jin Ryu $4,500,000 $7,000,000 2018
SS Erisbel Arruebarrena^ $3,000,000 $4,000,000 2018
LHP Clayton Kershaw $30,000,000 $32,000,000 2020
Includes signing bonuses and/or other payments. Details here.
*potential option;^not on 40-man

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 has two option years remaining, bu is off the 40-man roster. Tabata is also off the 40-man roster, and is out of options.

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

Arbitration Eligible (11)

Pos Player Service Time 2015 Base Salary
C A.J. Ellis 5.151 $4,250,000
RHP Kenley Jansen 5.073 $7,425,000
IF Justin Turner 5.045
OF Chris Heisey 5.042 $2,160,000
OF Justin Ruggiano* 4.123 $2,505,000
RHP Juan Nicasio 4.084 $2,300,000
C Yasmani Grandal 3.115 $693,000
LHP Luis Avilan* 3.077 $530,000
RHP Joe Wieland 3.027 $590,000
OF Scott Van Slyke 2.151 $522,500
RHP Chris Hatcher 2.146 $522,500
*acquired midseason

Ellis, Ruggiano, Nicasio and Hatcher are out of options.

Turner, Grandal, Van Slyke, Avilan and Wieland have one option year remaining.

Jansen has two option years remaining, and Heisey has one, but both have five years of major league service and time can refuse any minor league assignment.

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.

MLB Trade Rumors offered their salary projections on Oct. 7.

Under Team Control (17)

Pos Player Service Time 2015 Base Salary Options Used Options Left
SP Alex Wood 2.123 $520,000 none 3
RHP Brooks Brown 1.086 $509,500 none 3
RHP Pedro Baez 1.059 $512,500 2014 2
IF/OF Kiké Hernandez 1.054 $512,500 2014,2015 1
RHP Carlos Frias 1.047 $512,500* 2015 2
OF Joc Pederson 1.028 $510,000
RHP Yimi Garcia 1.004 $510,000 2014,2015 1
SP Mike Bolsinger 0.168 $517,500* 2014,2015 1
LHP Ian Thomas 0.123 $507,500 2014,2015 1
LHP Adam Liberatore 0.106 $507,500 2015 2
C Austin Barnes 0.060 $507,500 2015 2
RHP Josh Ravin 0.059 $507,500 2013,2015 1
2B Jose Peraza 0.042 $507,500 2015 2
OF Scott Schebler 0.035 $507,500 2015 2
SS Corey Seager 0.032 $507,500 none 3
IF Ronald Torreyes 0.022 $507,500 2015 2
SP Zach Lee 0.008 $507,500 2015 2

The minimum salary in 2015 was $507,500, and could be the same in 2016. The final number will be known at some point in November, when the Consumer Price Index number from October 2015 is known. The September 2015 CPI is lower than October 2014, so if that remains the same next month the minimum salary for 2016 would be unchanged (per the collective bargaining agreement, it cannot go down).

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 2015 ($15.8 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 2016 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 Jharel Cotton and Ross Stripling are ones to watch here.
  • December 2: Last date to tender contracts, by 9 p.m. PT
  • December 10: Rule 5 draft, the last day of the winter meetings in Nashville
  • January 12: Salary arbitration filing date
  • January 15: Clubs and players exchange salary arbitration figures
  • February 1-20: Salary arbitration hearings to be held