LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Friday made qualifying offers to three of their free agents, making a one-year, $15.8 million offer to Zack Greinke, Howie Kendrick and Brett Anderson.
The players have until next Friday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. PT to accept or decline the offer. Should they decline and later sign elsewhere, the Dodgers would receive a compensatory draft pick in between the first and second rounds, with the signing team forfeiting its first-round pick or, should the team have a protected top-10 selection it would forfeit its next pick instead.
Anderson and Kendrick became free agents on Monday, and one day later Greinke opted out of the final three years left on his contract, leaving $71 million on the table to try for a more lucrative deal on the open market.
In the first three years of this new compensation system, all 34 players to receive a qualifying offer have declined it.
Outside of the top-tier free agents like Greinke who will easily command nine-figure deals, the qualifying offer system is really an exercise in game theory and risk management, with both sides weighing the cost and benefit of the chances of a player wanting a multi-year contract versus returning on a one-year deal.
The qualifying offers do not prevent the Dodgers from negotiating with any of these three players.
The Dodgers currently hold the 25th overall pick as well as the 36th overall pick in the 2016 draft, the latter as compensation for failure to sign 2015 No. 35 overall pick Kyle Funkhouser. The Dodgers got that No. 35 pick as a result of Hanley Ramirez declining a qualifying offer one year ago then signing with Boston.
That was the only qualifying offer made by the Dodgers in the first three years of this process.