The Cubs secured the World Series title and off season is officially here. The list of free agents was announced Thursday morning which included nine Dodgers eligible to sign with other teams. If the Dodgers offer free agents a one-year, $17.2 million contract for next season by 2 p.m. PT on Monday, the players will have to accept or decline the offer in one week.
139 players officially became free agents today inc. 9 #Dodgers — Anderson, Chavez, Hill, Turner, Jansen, Reddick, Howell, Blanton, Utley
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) November 3, 2016
The now free agents are as follows:
- Brett Anderson, LHP
- Joe Blanton, RHP
- Jesse Chavez, RHP
- Rich Hill, LHP
- J.P. Howell, LHP
- Kenley Jansen, RHP
- Josh Reddick, OF
- Justin Turner, 3B
- Chase Utley, 2B
The list of available players includes many fan favorites. Of the nine free agents, six alone are pitchers. Hill and Jansen are definitely pitchers we do not want to see go.
Hill was a prominent pitcher in the 2016 postseason and very depended on among the rotation as a starter. He pitched 13 innings in the postseason with 19 strikeouts and a 1.31 WHIP. However, the players that were traded during the season are not allowed to receive offers from the Dodgers. Alongside Rich Hill, the other players that are in the same situation are Josh Reddick and Jesse Chavez.
Jansen on the other hand is one of our favorite closing pitchers and was also depended upon in the postseason. In 11.2 innings pitched this postseason, he attained 19 strikeouts and a 0.86 WHIP. Aside from the six pitchers who are now free agents, the other three are all very prominent offensive leaders. Reddick, Turner, and Utley are all fan favorites who are a large asset to the team.
Turner alone, was a batting leader for the Dodgers with 27 home runs in the regular season and not to mention the amount of times Utley made headlines for amazing plays.
The Dodgers’ free agent list may grow later on in the week.
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