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Andrew Heaney News: Dodgers Pass on Qualifying Offer for Left-Hander

Lost in the whirlwind of news and notes on Thursday was another Dodgers non-move that didn’t get much publicity. Yes, the club declined the 2023 contract option on Justin Turner while extending qualifying offers to Trea Turner and Tyler Anderson. They also brought back Clayton Kershaw on a one-year deal — though that is still not official as of the time of this writing.

But the non-move was the lack of qualifying offer to starting pitcher Andrew Heaney who is now a free agent. The move makes sense for sure. While Heaney was good in 2022, he also struggled to stay healthy and on the mound for much of the season. Some pundits and insiders still felt that the $19.65 million qualifying offer was potentially in consideration leading up to the deadline, but the Dodgers felt differently.

Altogether, Heaney went 4-4 with a 3.10 ERA over 16 games (14 starts) last season. He struck out a career-high 13.6 batters every 9 innings but he also struggled with the home run ball, particularly in the second half of the season.

The Dodgers and the Heandog may still come together on a deal for next season, but potentially only on something closer to the $8 million he made in 2022. Or at least not at the $19.65 million for the season.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint Pasillas has been writing, blogging, and podcasting about the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008. Under Clint's leadership as the Lead Editor, Dodgers Nation has grown into one of the most read baseball sites in the world with millions of unique visitors per month. Find him online on Twitter/X or his YouTube channel!

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