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.
The full qualifying offer list, per ESPN sources:
– Aaron Judge
– Trea Turner
– Xander Bogaerts
– Jacob DeGrom
– Dansby Swanson
– Carlos Rodón
– Brandon Nimmo
– Willson Contreras
– Chris Bassitt
– Anthony Rizzo
– Tyler Anderson
– Martín Perez
– Joc Pederson
– Nathan Eovaldi
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 10, 2022
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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