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Dodgers extend qualifying offer to Corey Seager and Chris Taylor

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The duo has until November 17 to accept or decline one-year, $18.4 million offer

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The Dodgers extended qualifying offers to Corey Seager and Chris Taylor on Sunday, ensuring draft pick compensation should the players sign elsewhere.

Clayton Kershaw was eligible to receive one, but the Dodgers didn’t extend one to him.

They are two of 11 Dodgers who became free agents on November 3, the day after the World Series.

This year’s qualifying offer — a one-year deal derived from the average of the top 125 salaries in MLB — is $18.4 million, down from $18.9 million last season. Any players who received a qualifying offer have until November 17 to accept or decline.

Max Scherzer was traded during the season, which makes him ineligible to receive a qualifying offer, as does the fact that he received a qualifying offer after the 2014 season. Same for Kenley Jansen, who received a qualifying offer after 2016 and can’t be offered another.

For each player that declines the qualifying offer and signs elsewhere, the Dodgers, as a team that exceeded the competitive balance tax threshold in 2020, would get a compensatory 2022 draft pick immediately after the fourth round.

The qualifying offer has been around since 2012. The Dodgers have extended qualifying offers to eight free agents during that time. Six rejected the qualifying offer, while Brett Anderson (2015) and Hyun-jin Ryu (2018) accepted. Three of the six free agents who rejected the Dodgers qualifying offer ended up re-signing with the team.

Dodgers qualifying offer history

Player Year QO amount Decision Contract Team Comp pick
Player Year QO amount Decision Contract Team Comp pick
2014 Hanley Ramirez $15,300,000 Rejected 4 years, $88m Red Sox Kyle Funkhouser, RHP*
2015 Brett Anderson $15,800,000 Accepted 1 year, $15.8m Dodgers n/a
2015 Zack Greinke $15,800,000 Rejected 6 years, $206.5m D-backs Will Smith, C
2015 Howie Kendrick $15,800,000 Rejected 2 years, $20m Dodgers n/a
2016 Kenley Jansen $17,200,000 Rejected 5 years, $80m Dodgers n/a
2016 Justin Turner $17,200,000 Rejected 4 years, $64m Dodgers n/a
2018 Yasmani Grandal $17,900,000 Rejected 1 year, $18.25m Brewers Jimmy Lewis, RHP
2018 Hyun-jin Ryu $17,900,000 Accepted 1 year, $17.9m Dodgers n/a
2021 Corey Seager $18,400,000 Rejected 10 years, $325m Rangers after 4th round, 2022
2021 Chris Taylor $18,400,000 Rejected 4 years, $60m Dodgers n/a
*Funkhouser did not sign