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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Dodgers rookie Carlos Frias is ‘ready for anything,’ but won’t start Tuesday.

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Carlos Frias shut out the Washington Nationals for six innings in his first major-league start Wednesday. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)

Carlos Frias, who threw six shutout innings Wednesday in his first major-league start, said he hasn’t been told what his role will be the remainder of the season.

“You’ve got to be ready for anything,” Frias said.

Mattingly confirmed that Roberto Hernandez will take his next turn in the rotation Tuesday against the San Diego Padres. After making two quality starts in his first two games with the Dodgers, Hernandez has allowed 11 runs in his last three while averaging 5 1/3 innings in each.

“Carlos, we feel like, could be very valuable for us in different areas,” Mattingly said. “He could be a guy that makes a start. He could also be a guy that helps us out of the pen. The way he’s been pitching, you can put him in different scenarios.”

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Dodgers set to activate Hyun-Jin Ryu from DL for Sunday start in San Diego.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in two starts against the Padres this season. (Associated Press photo)

SAN DIEGO >> Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will return from the disabled list Sunday to start against the San Diego Padres, and right-hander Roberto Hernandez will start Monday at Dodger Stadium against the Washington Nationals.

“The only that’s going to change that — (Ryu) is going to do more stuff today running-wise — is if for some reason he would go backwards and they felt that another day would be needed, then we would do that,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Ryu was placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining the gluteus medius and piriformis muscles in his right buttock August 13. He threw a bullpen session Tuesday in Arizona and reported no ill effects afterwards.

The left-hander is 13-6 with a 3.28 earned-run average this season.

Ryu’s return would displace Kevin Correia to the bullpen. The right-hander went 2-1 with a 6.43 ERA in three starts after he was acquired from the Minnesota Twins. That’s likely to be the only major impact on the Dodgers’ pitching staff, since rosters can expand past the current 25-man limit on Monday.

Mattingly had a simple reason for lining up Ryu to face the Padres and Hernandez to face the Nationals.

“Ryu’s been really good against San Diego, and Roberto’s been really good against the Nationals,” he said.

In two starts against the Nationals this season, both wins, Hernandez hasn’t allowed a run in 15 ⅓ innings.

In three starts against the Padres this season, Ryu is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA (19 IP, 1 ER).

Prospect Jesmuel Valentin traded to Philadelphia Phillies.

A day late on this, but: The Dodgers sent infielder Jesmuel Valentin to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday as one of two players to be named (or cash considerations) in the August 7 trade for Roberto Hernandez.

Valentin, 20, was batting .282 with seven home runs and 47 RBI in 107 games with Single-A Great Lakes in his third professional season after being selected by the Dodgers with the 51st overall pick in the supplemental round in the 2012 draft. On Friday, Valentin went 3 for 4 with a home run; he had a .300/.355/.471 slash line in his final 28 days in the Dodgers’ organization.

Valentin is the son of former major-league player Jose Valentin.

Hernandez has gone 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts with the Dodgers since the trade.

Josh Beckett hits the disabled list but hasn’t been ruled out for the season.

Josh Beckett

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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