Brett Anderson became the third major league player to accept a qualifying offer on Friday. (Associated Press)
Brett Anderson accepted the Dodgers’ qualifying offer and will return to the Dodgers on a one-year, $15.8 million contract. After multiple reports Friday afternoon indicated Anderson would accept the offer, the pitcher wrote this on his Twitter account:
Second baseman Howie Kendrick and pitcher Zack Greinke were the only other players tendered a qualifying offer last Friday. Both elected free agency instead.
Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager and 1988 World Series hero Kirk Gibson is no longer a candidate to get a second interview for the Dodgers’ managerial vacancy. (Getty Images)
ESPN.com reported today that the Dodgers will hold second interviews with four managerial candidates from a group including Gabe Kapler, Dave Roberts, Darin Erstad, Bud Black and Kirk Gibson.
Two sources familiar with the process told me that this is not entirely accurate. One source told me that three candidates, not four, will get second interviews, and that one of the three might not be from the group of five ESPN reported. So we’ll see. The Dodgers aren’t confirming a specific number of second-interview candidates yet.
Update (1:07 p.m.): Two more relevant nuggets as the Dodgers whittle down the field:
Update (10 p.m.): Erstad is out, and ESPN has scratched Gibson from the list on its original report.
Scott Baker made two starts for the Dodgers in 2015. (Getty Images)
This is Part 4 in a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.
Key stats: Majors (two starts): 0-1, 5.73 ERA. At Triple-A Oklahoma City (13 starts): 7-3, 3.39 ERA, .228 opponents’ batting average.
Seinfeld episode: “The Understudy” (season 6, episode 24).
Key quote: “They really stick to that ‘understudy’ rule.”
Chase Utley might be a Dodger in 2016, after all.
General manager Farhan Zaidi told reporters, including Jake Kaplan of the Phialdelphia Inquirer, that the team is “open” to re-signing Utley. The Dodgers declined Utley’s $15 million 2016 option last week.
At 37, after showing marginal offensive upside in his brief time as a Dodger, Utley’s value is limited to a team that figures to be younger in 2016. Howie Kendrick bumped Utley to the bench in September when he returned from a hamstring injury and started all five postseason games at second base.
Pedro Baez was two different pitchers for the Dodgers in 2015. (John McCoy/Staff photographer).
This is Part 3 in a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.
Key stats: 3.35 ERA, 2.51 FIP, 11 walks and 60 strikeouts in 51 IP (52 games), followed by two very bad postseason appearances (five batters faced, 3 earned runs, 1 game-winning RBI allowed).
Seinfeld episode: “The Strike” (season 9, episode 10)
Key quote: “So, attractive one day – not attractive the next?”