Brett Anderson (middle) and Howie Kendrick (right) received qualifying offers from the Dodgers on Friday. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers extended qualifying offers to Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson and Howie Kendrick on Friday. If any of the three players doesn’t sign the one-year, $15.8 million deal, the Dodgers would receive a compensation-round draft pick (between the first and second rounds) in 2016.
No player has ever signed a qualifying offer in the three years they’ve been available under baseball’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Greinke, Anderson and Kendrick have seven days to accept or reject the offer.
Free agent right-hander Zack Greinke went 19-3 with a 1.66 earned-run average for the Dodgers in 2015. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Zack Greinke officially became a free agent Wednesday after he opted out of the remaining three years and $77 million of his contract with the Dodgers.
Greinke immediately rockets to the top of a free-agent pitching class led by left-hander David Price and right-hander Johnny Cueto. He went 19-3 for the Dodgers in 2015, led the majors with a 1.66 ERA and 0.84 WHIP, and is a favorite to win the National League Cy Young Award.
Greinke was slated to make $24 million next season, followed by $23 million in 2017 and $24 million in 2018.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez flips the ball to first base with pitcher Brandon McCarthy covering for an out during an April game. Gonzalez is one of three finalists for a National League Gold Glove Award at first base. (Getty Images)
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who won Gold Glove Awards at their positions last season, are finalists again this year.
In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly discussed the possibility of becoming the Marlins’ next manager (maybe someday he can tell Patrick they’re not the “Florida” Marlins anymore), Yasiel Puig, Zack Greinke, what went wrong this year for the Dodgers, and a variety of other topics he didn’t cover in his post-mutual-parting press conference.