With 12 free agents over the winter, the Dodgers will be busy deciding who they’ll retain and let walk to the open market. Contract extensions loom with Clayton Kershaw and Hanley Ramirez as the Dodgers look to build upon a successful 2013 season.
However, the Dodgers will also have five players eligible for arbitration as hearings get underway sometime in February and Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com provided a list and predicted the salaries for each player:
- Clayton Kershaw (5.105): $18.2MM
- Kenley Jansen (3.073): $4.8MM
- A.J. Ellis (3.151): $3.2MM
- Ronald Belisario (3.151): $2.3MM
- Drew Butera (3.018): $700K
- Scott Elbert (3.069): $600K
- Mike Baxter (2.129, Super Two): $500K
Service time is indicated in parenthesis as the Dodgers will look to extend Kershaw, while Jansen and Ellis are locks to receive a contract. Belisario will likely receive a contract from the Dodgers, but they could look to make a change as he finished the season as a middle reliever after Brian Wilson took the set-up role from him.
Meanwhile, Elbert underwent Tommy John surgery back in June and hasn’t been able to stay healthy during his Dodger career, making him a non-tender candidate. Paco Rodriguez has emerged as the left-handed reliever out of the Dodgers bullpen as Elbert had solid seasons in 2011 and 2012 before undergoing surgery earlier this season.
Baxter was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers earlier in October and seems to be the Dodgers want in the organization and he’d likely receive a tendered contract.
Dodgers management contends they’ll be very aggressive in the off-season, but retaining Jansen and Ellis coupled together with an extension for Kershaw are definitely top priorities.
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