LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers as expected on Monday made qualifying offers to closer Kenley Jansen and third baseman Justin Turner, which would ensure the club receives draft pick compensation should the free agents sign elsewhere this offseason.
The qualifying offer is a one-year deal at $17.2 million for 2017, the average of the top 125 salaries in MLB in 2016. That’s an 8.9% increase over last season, when the qualifying offer was $15.8 million.
Players have one week, until 2 p.m. PT next Monday, Nov. 14 to accept or decline the qualifying offer. Should a player decline the offer and sign elsewhere, the Dodgers will receive a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds of the 2017 MLB Draft.
Both are expected to decline, as they are among the top handful of free agents on the market this winter.
Any new team that signs a player who declined a qualifying offer forfeits their 2017 first-round draft pick. If said team picks in the top 10, or if they sign more than one such qualifying offer free agent, the team would forfeit its next pick.
The Dodgers at the moment hold the 25th pick in the first round of the 2017 draft.
Players who switch teams during the season are not eligible to receive a qualifying offer, so the Dodgers could not have extended one to starting pitcher Rich Hill, nor could they have done so for outfielder Josh Reddick, catcher Carlos Ruiz and relief pitcher Jesse Chavez.