Louis Coleman was not tendered a contract offer by Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline, making him a free agent. The right-handed reliever was the club’s only non-tender candidate to hit the open market Friday.
That means that catcher Yasmani Grandal, outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf, and pitchers Alex Wood, Vidal Nuno, Josh Fields and Luis Avilan remain without contracts in their arbitration-eligible years. The deadline for these players to exchange salary figures with the team is still more than a month away.
The Dodgers have 39 players on their 40-man roster, leaving them eligible to participate in the Rule 5 draft at next week’s Winter Meetings.
Coleman, who made the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee out of spring training, had a 4.69 ERA in 61 appearances out of the bullpen in 2016. He was left off the Dodgers’ playoff roster.
The Dodgers re-signed utility player Charlie Culberson to a one-year contract Thursday. He will make $550,000.
Culberson, 27, slashed .284/.294/.373 in his first season as a Dodger, splitting the season between Los Angeles and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He only appeared in 38 major league games, but four came in the postseason and another in the Dodgers’ 10-inning win over the Rockies on Aug. 25, in which Culberson hit his only home run of the season to win the game and clinch a National League West title.
SInce he was not yet eligible for arbitration, Culberson was under no deadline to sign with the Dodgers this week.
The Dodgers agreed to terms on one-year contracts with two players Thursday: pitcher Chris Hatcher and first baseman/outfielder Scott Van Slyke.
According to the Associated Press, Van Slyke’s deal is worth $1,325,000 and Hatcher’s contract is worth $1.25 million.
Brooklyn Dodgers uniforms on display at the former Sports Museum of Los Angeles, which will contribute artifacts to the Dodgers’ pop-up museum. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers announced that a pop-up museum located in the left field reserve level team store will open to the public beginning Friday at 11 a.m.
The museum will feature pieces from the Baseball Hall of Fame, the former Los Angeles Sports Museum curated by collector Gary Cypres, items on loan from Dodger players and pieces from the franchise archives.
Alex Guerrero is close to signing with the Chunichi Dragons of NPB, the top league in Japan. Guerrero, who turned 30 this month, was designated for assignment by the Dodgers in June and hasn’t played since. He batted .136 in 16 minor league games this year.
Update (2 p.m.): Guerrero’s contract is official, per an announcement on the Dragons’ website. He will wear number 42.
Update (10:20 p.m.): it’s a straight one-year contract worth approximately $1.5 million, plus incentives.
Guerrero is still owed $7.5 million this year and next year under the terms of the four-year, $25.5 million contract he signed with the Dodgers prior to the 2014 season.
Sanspo first reported the news (in Japanese).