It's going to be an action-packed week for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will be tasked with a lot of decisions before Friday evening. Then, the offseason will really get rolling with the momentous moves that need to be made.
Tuesday, Nov. 14 marks the 40-man roster deadline at 6 p.m. ET. The Dodgers have five open spaces and a number of players they must protect from the eventual Rule 5 Draft (if they wish to). All of this will set the tone for what's to come.
There are plenty of other dates/deadlines Dodgers fans need to be aware of. Here's the full rundown with other Dodgers-centric info to keep you up to date. We'll keep this updated as the days/weeks progress.
Key MLB offseason dates
- Nov. 14: Players who were presented the qualifying offer must accept or reject the one-year deal by 4 p.m. ET.
- Nov. 14: Rule 5 Reserve Deadline -- teams must decide which players they want to place on the 40-man roster to protect from the Rule 5 Draft.
- Nov. 17: Teams must opt to tender a contract to arbitration-eligible players. They can also non-tender them, which rids the team of the financial commitment and allows the player to hit free agency. This is the non-tender deadline.
- Dec. 6: Rule 5 Draft will take place at the Winter Meetings
- Jan. 12: Teams and players must present salary figures to each other by this date. They can agree on a number anytime before Jan. 29 in order to avoid arbitration hearings.
- Jan. 29 - Feb. 6: Arbitration hearings take place between teams and players who haven't reached a salary agreement.
Which Dodgers are eligible for arbitration?
Here's the list of players and the salary projections, per MLBTradeRumors.com:
- Walker Buehler: $8.03 million
- Will Smith: $9.3 million
- Ryan Yarbrough: $3.8 million
- Evan Phillips: $3.4 million
- Brusdar Graterol: $2.5 million
- Dustin May: $2.4 million
- Caleb Ferguson: $2.3 million
- Yency Almonte: $1.9 million
- Alex Vesia: $1.2 million
- Gavin Lux: $1.1 million
- JP Feyereisen: $1 million
- Victor Gonzalez: $1 million
- Wander Suero: $900K
Buehler is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility, so 2024 will represent a contract year for him. Same goes for Yarbrough and Ferguson, but those two are much less impactful.
When is the non-tender deadline?
As mentioned above, it's Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. ET. The Dodgers have very few non-tender candidates, so expect everyone to be offered a contract. Yency Almonte feels like the only player who could get the axe. There's also Dustin May, who's expected to miss the entire 2024 season, which would represent the third straight year he's been a sunk cost for LA.
Which Dodgers have been non-tendered?
None yet. Stay tuned!
Rule 5 Draft Protection/40-Man Roster Moves
- Nick Frasso (P)
- Landon Knack (P)
- Jose Ramos (OF)
- Yeiner Fernandez (C/2B)
- Hunter Feduccia (C)
If we were to guess, Frasso and Knack will get placed on the 40-man roster to avoid exposure to the Rule 5 Draft. Don't be surprised if all of Ramos, Fernandez and Feduccia are traded or left for teams to poach when the Winter Meetings arrive.
MLB insider Jon Morosi says the Dodgers are a "team to watch" Tuesday because they have five open 40-man roster spots, which means they could opt to protect all the above names or make some trades.
There's also a bunch of 40-man roster fodder in the form of Michael Grove, Gavin Stone, Gus Varland, Diego Cartaya, Austin Barnes, Michael Busch, Jorbit Vivas, Jonny Deluca and Andy Pages. Those guys either barely contributed for the Dodgers in 2023, didn't contribute at all, performed poorly, or dealt with injuries. It's hard to believe many of them will be afforded another chance come 2024.