LOS ANGELES -- It is the morning after the World Series ended, so the offseason is officially upon us. As of 6 a.m. PT on Monday, three Dodgers became free agents — pitcher Brett Anderson and middle infielders Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins — per Article XX, Section B of baseball's collective bargaining agreement.
With five other players with options one way or another, as we discussed last night, this list will surely grow. But for now, three Dodgers are free agents.
That's a relatively low number compared to recent years. On the first day of free agency in 2014 there were seven players, in 2013 there were 10, and in 2012 there were seven as well. Of course, the Dodgers' number of free agents could have been four deep, but Jim Johnson's path to free agency was accelerated when the relief pitcher was released on Oct. 14, to clear room for waiver claim Brooks Brown.
Anderson, 27, was 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 31 starts, his first fully healthy season since his rookie campaign of 2009. The left-hander appeared in more games (31 to 30), pitched more innings (180⅓ to 123) and struck out more batters (116 to 100) in 2015 than he did in 2012-2014 combined.
Kendrick, 31, hit .295/.336/.409 with a 107 OPS+ and 109 wRC+ in 2015, almost a direct match with his career line of .293/.333/.423, a 108 OPS+ and 108 wRC+. The second baseman was sidelined for 35 games in August and September with a left hamstring strain, and his 117 games played were below his average of 145 games played from 2010-2014.
Rollins, 36, hit .224/.285/.358 with 24 doubles and 13 home runs in 144 games, but in September — facilitated in part by a sprained right index finger — lost his starting shortstop job to rookie Corey Seager.
Free agents are not allowed to sign with new teams until after 8:59 p.m. PT on Friday.