Following their NLDS elimination, the Los Angeles Dodgers revamped their front office by hiring Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations while also reassigning Ned Colletti to a role as a senior advisor to team president and CEO, Stan Kasten.
The Dodgers are still in the process of filling out Friedman’s staff with Oakland A’s assistant general manager, Farhan Zaidi, expected to become the Dodgers’ new GM.
Friedman’s front office enters the offseason with six players eligible for salary arbitration. MLB Trade Rumors.com released their projections and came up with the following projections for the six Dodgers with each player’s service time noted in parenthesis:
A.J. Ellis (4.151) – $3.8MM
Kenley Jansen (4.073) – $8.2MM
Darwin Barney (4.053) – $2.5MM
Justin Turner (4.045) – $2.2MM
Drew Butera (4.018) – $900K
Dee Gordon (2.154) – $2.5MM
The salary figures take the player’s service time, position, similar players, and performance last season into consideration. Arbitration can be avoided should an agreement be made before the Jan. 13 deadline.
Another important note is the tender deadline, which comes Dec. 2 this offseason. If the Dodgers don’t tender a contract to any of the six arbitration eligible players, the player would then become a free agent for other teams to claim; the Dodgers benefitted from this when the New York Mets didn’t tender Justin Turner after the 2013 season.
Generally, players with under six years of service quality for arbitration. Additionally, players between two and threes years can enter if his playing time is among the top-22 percent of major league players, as is the case for Dee Gordon.
Gordon’s case will be an interesting to watch after his breakout 2014 season. After securing the starting job at second base, Gordon earned his first All-Star selection while setting a career high .704 OPS and leading the Majors with 64 stolen bases.
The Dodgers avoided arbitration prior to the 2014 season by signing A.J. Ellis and Kenley Jansen to one-year contracts.