Although many speculate a slow winter until the league’s collective bargaining agreement is resolved, there are a few important dates approaching that will have an impact on team rosters across the MLB.
Here are some of the critical dates to remember:
- Sunday, November 7 marks the deadline for teams to extend qualifying offers to eligible free agents, and the Dodgers should have several of them, including players like Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw and Chris Taylor. Max Scherzer and Kenley Jansen are ineligible for a QO because they have received one previously.
- The general managers meetings, usually a gateway to the ever-popular winter meetings, will begin on November 9 in Carlsbad.
- November 17 is the deadline for the aforementioned players to accept a QO.
- December 1 both marks the non-tender deadline and the official end of the current collective bargaining agreement.
- The winter meetings begin on December 6. Some view this date as the official beginning of the winter hot stove. The annual Rule 5 draft will be held on the final day, December 9.
- January 14 is the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures.
On the Dodgers’ front, the team announced on Saturday it wouldn’t exercise its 2022 team option on righty reliver Joe Kelly, ending a three-year relationship.
Kelly injured his biceps as an opener in Game 5 of the 2021 NLCS against the Braves, but all indications show he should be fine for 2022 Opening Day.
In 48 appearances this year, Kelly had a 2.86 ERA in 44 innings with two saves, 13 holds and struck out 2.75% of the batters he faced. He appeared to hit his stride during the tail-end of the regular season and was one of the team’s most reliable relievers in the playoffs.
Even though the Dodgers bought out Kelly’s $12 million option, there is still a chance he could return to the team. The 33-year-old Anaheim native received $4 million for the buyout.
On Friday, the Dodgers outrighted southpaw reliever Scott Alexander, who had been part of the organization for four years after being acquired in a trade with the Royals before the 2018 season, essentially creating another free roster spot.
In his time with the Dodgers, Alexander made 132 appearances, logging a 3.49 ERA, a 1.306 WHIP and a 4.25 FIP with 82 strikeouts and 47 walks over an even 111 innings of work.