The Dodgers are going to be very busy this offseason. And one way or another, chances are that their roster is going to look completely different heading into the 2022 season. Having 11 free agents hit the open market at one time will do that to any team.
Notably, those 11 players officially became free agents today. That list can be found here.
With that, there are still a few key dates that fans need to keep in mind for free agency. The Dodgers will have a chance to make their qualifying offers to free agents by November 7th. The total for the qualifying offer this year is set at $18.4 million.
Of the Dodgers pending free agents, there are 3 players that are ineligible to receive the offer. Max Scherzer and Kenley Jansen have previously received a qualifying offer in their career and cannot get another one per MLB’s rules. Danny Duffy was a midseason trade making him ineligible as well.
Clayton Kershaw seems like a lock to receive the offer at this point, though the Dodgers will no doubt work on a deal for him. The offer ensures that they receive a compensatory pick should he decide to sign with another team.
After that, teams are eligible to sign free agents from other teams starting November 8th. How active the market will be is anyone’s guess at this point. With the pending Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations, it’s unclear how motivated players will be to sign before a new deal comes to fruition.