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.
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke won the National League Gold Glove Award for the second straight year. Greinke was chosen for the award ahead of Jake Arrieta and Gerrit Cole.
Adrian Gonzalez was a finalist, but Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt won the NL Gold Glove Award for the second time in his career.
One other player on the Dodgers’ payroll won a Gold Glove today: Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon. The Dodgers agreed to pay Gordon’s 2015 salary ($2.5 million) when they traded him to the Marlins last winter in a three-team deal that helped them acquire Howie Kendrick, Chris Hatcher, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes. Gordon also led the National League in batting average (.333).
Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke (left) and Clayton Kershaw (right) are among the top-three vote getters for the 2015 National League Cy Young Award. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, and Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, are the three finalists for the National League Cy Young Award.
Greinke, who went 19-3 with a major-league leading 1.66 earned-run average, was chosen National League pitcher of the year by fellow players on Monday.
Kershaw, who won the award in 2014, went 16-7 with a 2.13 earned-run average. Arrieta was 22-6 with a 1.77 earned-run average, leading the NL in wins and shutouts (3).
The winner will be announced at 3 p.m. PT next Wednesday on MLB Network.
Greinke won the 2009 American League Cy Young Award when he pitched for the Kansas City Royals.
No other Dodgers players are finalists for the major BBWAA awards.
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)
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.