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Dodgers 2017 offseason roster breakdown

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Joc Pederson and Kiké Hernandez are eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter.
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With the Dodgers’ 2017 season now over, let’s look at the roster heading into the offseason. At the moment, including players who ended the year on the 60-day disabled list, there are 48 players on the 40-man roster, broken into different groups.

Free agents (6)

Yu Darvish
Curtis Granderson
Franklin Gutierrez
Brandon Morrow
Chase Utley
Tony Watson

The qualifying offer this offseason — the average of the top 125 salaries in baseball — is $17.4 million, up from $17.2 million last winter. The Dodgers don’t really have anyone who would receive such an offer, a one-year contract tender. Darvish would have been the only one, but since he was traded midseason he is ineligible to receive a qualifying offer.

Darvish on Wednesday night said he would like to return.

“The last three years I’ve been struggling to re-find my passion for baseball, and then I came here and I found it again,” Darvish said. “I would like to come back in the World Series, and I want to pitch better. It’s tough, but personally I want to come back to the Dodgers.”

Options (2)

Andre Ethier
Logan Forsythe

Ethier finished out his five-year, $85 million contract. There is a $17.5 million club option for 2018 that would have vested had Ethier totaled 550 plate appearances in 2017 (he had 38). If the Dodgers don’t exercise the option — they won’t — Ethier will receive a $2.5 million buyout.

Forsythe has a $9 million club option for 2018, with a $1 million buyout if it isn’t exercised.

Under contract (10)

Player Service Time 2017 salary 2018 salary Signed through
Player Service Time 2017 salary 2018 salary Signed through
Adrian Gonzalez 12.108 $21,500,000 $21,500,000 2018
Rich Hill 8.127 $14,000,000 $16,000,000 2019
Kenley Jansen 7.073 $14,000,000 $10,000,000 2021*
Scott Kazmir 11.119 $16,000,000 $16,000,000 2018
Clayton Kershaw 9.105 $33,000,000 $33,000,000 2020*
Kenta Maeda 2.000 $3,000,000 $3,000,000 2023
Brandon McCarthy 11.122 $10,000,000 $10,000,000 2018
Yasiel Puig 4.102 $6,500,000 $7,500,000 2018^
Hyun-jin Ryu 5.000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 2018
Justin Turner 7.105 $12,000,000 $11,000,000 2020
Erisbel Arruebarrena 0.074 $4,000,000 $5,000,000 2018
Yaisel Sierra 0.000 $2,500,000 $3,500,000 2021
*Jansen & Kershaw have opt-out clauses Puig won’t have enough service time to be a free agent until after 2019

Half of Scott Kazmir’s 2018 salary is deferred to 2021.

Also included here are Yaisel Sierra and Erisbel Arruebarrena, who are still in the organization but not on the 40-man roster.

The Dodgers have $135.5 million committed to 12 players in 2018, including Sierra and Arruebarrena, plus another $10.2 million in dead money (payments to Matt Kemp, Howie Kendrick and Dian Toscano, who are no longer in the organization).

Arbitration-eligible (9)

Player Service Time 2017 salary MLBTR projections
Player Service Time 2017 salary MLBTR projections
Yasmani Grandal 5.115 $5,500,000 $7,700,000
Alex Wood 4.123 $2,800,000 $6,400,000
Luis Avilan 4.146 $1,500,000 $2,300,000
Tony Cingrani 4.088 $1,825,000 $2,200,000
Josh Fields 4.083 $1,050,000 $2,200,000
Joc Pederson 3.023 $555,000 $2,000,000
Pedro Baez 3.059 $550,000 $1,500,000
Kiké Hernandez 3.054 $550,000 $1,300,000
Yimi Garcia 3.004 $550,000 $700,000
Service time is in years and days. For example, 4.151 means four years, 151 days of MLB service.

The Dodgers have nine players eligible for salary arbitration, all with at least three years but less than six years of major league service time. First-time arb-eligibles this offseason include Joc Pederson, Kiké Hernandez and Pedro Baez, as well as Yimi Garcia, who missed the entire 2017 season after Tommy John surgery.

Luis Avilan and Tony Cingrani are out of options.

The date for players and teams to exchange salaries is Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Should the team and player not come to an agreement beforehand, arbitration hearings will be scheduled between Feb. 1-20, either in Los Angeles, Phoenix, or the Tampa/Orlando area.

The rest of the 40-man roster is comprised of players with under three years of service time.

Team control (21)

Player Service Time Options remaining (used) 2017 salary
Player Service Time Options remaining (used) 2017 salary
Austin Barnes 1.124 1 (2015-16) $540,000
Cody Bellinger 0.160 3 (none) $535,000
Walker Buehler 0.026 3 (none) $535,000
Charlie Culberson 2.084 0 (2012-13, 2016) $550,000
Grant Dayton 1.069 1 (2014-15) $540,000
O'Koyea Dickson 0.031 3 (none) $535,000
Kyle Farmer 0.046 2 (2017) $535,000
Wilmer Font 0.085 0 (2011-14) $535,000
Adam Liberatore 2.086 1 (2015, 2017) $545,000
Tim Locastro 0.003 3 (none) $535,000
Edward Paredes 0.070 1 (2010-11) $535,000
Josh Ravin 1.151 0 (2013, 2015, 2017) $540,000
Corey Seager 2.032 3 (none) $575,000
Rob Segedin 1.038 2 (2017) $540,000
Brock Stewart 1.007 1 (2016-17) $537,500
Ross Stripling 1.112 2 (2016) $540,000
Chris Taylor 2.031 1 (2015-16) $540,000
Trayce Thompson 1.124 0 (2014-15, 2017) $545,000
Andrew Toles 1.087 3 (none) $540,000
Julio Urias 0.123 1 (2016-17) $540,000
Alex Verdugo 0.031 3 (none) $535,000
Italics are estimates

Charlie Culberson, Wilmer Font, Josh Ravin, and Trayce Thompson are out of options.

Grant Dayton, Ross Stripling, and Chris Taylor were all optioned in 2017, but their total optional assignments didn’t last 20 days so it didn’t count as using an option year.

The minimum major league salary for 2018 is $545,000.

Important dates

Thursday (the day after the World Series ends): Free agency begins at 6 a.m. PT

Monday, Nov. 6: Free agents can sign with new teams beginning at 2 p.m. PT; also the deadline for teams to submit qualifying offers

Nov. 16: Deadline for free agents to accept or reject qualifying offers is 2 p.m. PT

Nov. 20, 2017: Deadline to set rosters in preparation for Rule 5 draft. Among the names to watch for potential addition to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster here include Trevor Oaks and Dennis Santana.

Jan. 12, 2018: Deadline for players and teams to exchange salaries for arbitration

Feb. 1-20: Salary arbitration hearings (scheduled on a case-by-case basis)