Hanley Ramirez headlines list of Dodgers’ free agents.

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San Francisco Giants third baseman holds up three fingers: World Series rings, or contract years he’ll seek in free agency? (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)


The World Series is over, meaning a total of 121 players became major-league free agents today.

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who seemed destined for a contract extension a year ago, now seems destined to receive a $15.3 million qualifying offer. He headlines the Dodgers’ group of seven free agents, and is the only one with a chance of receiving a qualifying offer. Josh Beckett, Kevin Correia, Roberto Hernandez, Paul Maholm, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright are the others.

Some of the bigger free-agent names you’ll hear discussed this winter: Starting pitchers Max Scherzer, Ervin Santana, James Shields, Jake Peavy, Justin Masterson and Jon Lester, relievers Sergio Romo, Andrew Miller and Jason Grilli, catcher Russell Martin, first baseman Kendrys Morales, third basemen Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley, outfielders Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki and Michael Morse.
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Report: Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett plans to retire.

Josh BeckettJosh Beckett is planning to undergo surgery on his hip in May 2015. According to MLB.com, he will not attempt to return to the mound.

Beckett didn’t have time to sign any retirement paperwork or inform his teammates of the decision in the minutes after the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday. But according to the report, Beckett’s career is over.

The 34-year-old right hander has pitched 335 games in a career that began in 2001, starting all but three. He made 35 starts with the Dodgers after arriving in an August 2012 trade with the Boston Red Sox along with Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto.

This season, Beckett went 6-6 with a career-low 2.88 ERA before hip injuries ended his season in July.

Beckett won 138 games for the Dodgers, Florida Marlins (2001-05) and Red Sox (2006-12). He was 7-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 14 postseason games, winning the World Series MVP Award in 2003 and the ALCS MVP award in 2007.

Dodgers place Josh Beckett on 60-day DL, promote Roger Bernadina

The Dodgers placed right-hander Josh Beckett on the 60-day disabled list Saturday, a move that was an obvious one after Beckett told reporters Friday his season and possibly his career was over because of a hip injury. The club also selected the contract of outfielder Roger Bernadina from triple-A Albuquerque.

Josh Beckett acknowledges he might have thrown his last pitch.

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Josh Beckett went 6-6 with a 2.88 ERA in 115 2/3 innings for the Dodgers this season. (David Crane/Staff photographer)


Josh Beckett had nothing to announce Friday. His season is over, but we knew that already. He’ll postpone the decision on whether or not to have surgery until after the season, though he acknowledged he’ll need it at some point.

The big revelation came when Beckett admitted that he might have thrown his last major-league pitch.

For the 34-year-old pitcher, retirement would be the easy route.

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Josh Beckett isn’t likely to have hip surgery until the Dodgers’ season is over.

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Josh Beckett has missed 23 games and counting with a left hip ailment. (David Crane/Staff photographer)


Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett didn’t provide an update on his health Sunday morning, probably because the reality is bleak and blunt: The longer he goes without being able to throw off a mound, the less likely he is to pitch in a game this season.

There are exactly six weeks left in the regular season as of today, and there’s still no timetable for Beckett to begin throwing.

“He was doing some water workouts,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “That’s what I have.”
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Josh Beckett hits the disabled list but hasn’t been ruled out for the season.

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Josh Beckett was the losing pitcher Sunday in the Cubs’ 7-3 win over the Dodgers. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. (David Crane/Staff photographer)

MILWAUKEE — Josh Beckett‘s season might not be over, but he won’t rejoin the Dodgers’ starting rotation for at least a couple weeks after going on the disabled list Friday.
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A brief note on Roberto Hernandez and the Brewers.

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Roberto Hernandez has already made two starts in Miller Park this season. (Getty Images)


MILWAUKEE — Roberto Hernandez has faced the Milwaukee Brewers twice already this season. When he starts for the Dodgers today, as is expected, it will be his third start in Miller Park this season. Yet it’s hard to know what to expect.

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What do the last two games mean for the Dodgers’ trade deadline needs?

Josh Beckett and Dan Haren gave the Dodgers’ front office good reason to question the depth of their starting rotation.

What to make of each of their performances?

Who would be a better pitcher, and do the Dodgers have a chance of trading for him?

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Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez out; Paco Rodriguez optioned as Dodgers activate Josh Beckett.

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Hanley Ramirez did not taking batting practice Monday, one day after he was hit in the left hand and left shoulder by pitches in St. Louis. (Associated Press photo)

PITTSBURGH >> Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez are not in the Dodgers’ lineup for the second consecutive day.

The Dodgers will use the same lineup against Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Vance Worley that led to a 5-2 win Monday, with Matt Kemp starting in right field, Andre Ethier in center field and Carl Crawford in left. Before Monday, Kemp hadn’t started a game in right field since October 2009.

Puig was hit in the left hand by a Joe Kelly pitch on Saturday in St. Louis. Ramirez was hit in the left hand by a Trevor Rosenthal pitch Sunday. X-rays on both players revealed no broken bones, but they were still too hurt to take batting practice Monday. Puig was said to be closer to returning than Ramirez.

Josh Beckett was activated from the 15-day disabled list and will start the game for the Dodgers. Left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Josh Beckett starts Tuesday, and the immediate future of the Dodgers’ rotation.

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed that Josh Beckett will come off the disabled list and start tomorrow’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, “barring anything unforeseen happening today.”

Beckett missed only one start after being placed on the disabled list July 8. Paul Maholm stepped in and threw six shutout innings against the San Diego Padres on July 12.

The Dodgers will need to make a corresponding roster move when Beckett is activated from the DL. The most likely candidate to come off the roster is left-hander Paco Rodriguez, if only because he can be optioned to Triple-A and the Dodgers will still have two left-handed pitchers in the bullpen: Maholm and J.P. Howell.

The Dodgers have days off on Thursday and Monday. Will Mattingly reshuffle the rotation?

Dan Haren has lost three straight starts while posting a 9.64 earned-run average. By skipping his next turn, aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke would each pitch this weekend against the San Francisco Giants and next week against the Atlanta Braves.

“It’s not something we’re willing to talk about at this point,” Mattingly said. “We know who’s going to pitch these next three games. From there, we start having some options. We want to make sure everybody knows where they’re going to be so their work schedule goes along with that.”