Nine Dodgers players become free agents, including Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner.

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Justin Turner and Chase Utley became free agents on Thursday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner are free agents as of today, along with seven other Dodgers whose contracts expired the day after the World Series: Rich Hill, Joe Blanton, Chase Utley, Josh Reddick, J.P. Howell, Brett Anderson and Jesse Chavez.

A total of 139 players became free agents around MLB. That does not include Dodgers catcher Carlos Ruiz; the club has until Monday to exercise his 2017 contract option.

Colleague Bill Plunkett has the details.

Dodgers send Yasiel Puig, Josh Fields, Ross Stripling to minors. Update.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig is listed on the roster of Triple-A Oklahoma City’s website. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

With little ceremony, the Dodgers announced in a press release Tuesday that Yasiel Puig has been “sent to the minors.” Pitcher Josh Fields, who was on the roster of the Houston Astros’ Triple-A affiliate when he was acquired yesterday, and pitcher Ross Stripling have also been sent to the minors. As we reported earlier today, Stripling is expected to join the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City tomorrow.

Updates (3:46 p.m.):

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What roster moves do the Dodgers have to make today? Update.

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Bud Norris threw 13 pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks before exiting with a lat injury Sunday. (Getty Images)

Technically, Yasiel Puig does not have to be sent to the minor leagues today.

Doing so would amount to the Dodgers’ front office keeping its word, and that counts for something. It’s also unclear why Puig would not have a seat on the Dodgers’ flight to Denver on Monday if only for him to be in the clubhouse today.

In any event, the Dodgers must make two changes to their 25-man roster. Outfielder Josh Reddick was on the A’s active roster when he was traded to the Dodgers on Monday, and pitcher Jesse Chavez was on the Blue Jays’ roster at the time of Monday’s trade too. Whose roster spots are those two likely to take?

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Grade the Dodgers at the non-waiver trade deadline (poll).

The Dodgers had a busy day Monday, acquiring Josh Reddick, Rich Hill, Jesse Chavez and Josh Fields in four separate trades. Click on each player’s name to learn more about him.

No trades involved top prospects Julio Urias, Jose De Leon, Cody Bellinger or Alex Verdugo, all of whom drew interest from other teams. Yasiel Puig remains a Dodger too, even after the club told his representatives they would try to trade him — or option him to Triple-A today if they couldn’t.

Columnist Mark Whicker believes that impatient fans are likely to be dissatisfied with Monday’s trades. What say you?

Note that all MLB teams can use the rest of this month to trade players via the waiver process, too. Chase Utley was placed on waivers before he became a Dodger last August; Adrian Gonzalez became a Dodger after the Boston Red Sox placed him on waivers in August 2012. The grade is inherently incomplete, but let’s just focus on Monday for now.

Dodgers acquire Jesse Chavez from Toronto for Mike Bolsinger.

Jesse Chavez

New Dodgers pitcher Jesse Chavez went 7-15 for the Toronto Blue Jays as a starter in 2015, and 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA as a reliever in 2016. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers have acquired right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Toronto Blue Jays. Chavez, 32, has made 39 appearances out of the bullpen this season, going 1-2 with a 4.57 earned-run average.

The Dodgers are sending right-hander Mike Bolsinger to the Blue Jays. Toronto also sent cash considerations to the Dodgers. Chavez is owed $4 million this season, while Bolsinger was owed $515,000, close to the major league minimum.

Earlier Monday, the Dodgers acquired Rich Hill and Josh Reddick from the Oakland A’s for Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton and Grant Holmes.

Chavez is an alumnus of Miller High School in Fontana and Riverside City College.