Free agents Zack Greinke, Howie Kendrick and Brett Anderson were extended qualifying offers Friday, which entitles the Dodgers to compensatory draft picks if they sign with other teams this winter.
The qualifying-offer system was implemented to compensate teams for losing top-tier players. In the three years the system has been in place, no player has accepted a qualifying offer.
If any of the players accepts the offer, he would be under contract next season for $15.8 million.
Greinke is certain to reject the proposal after forfeiting $71 million he had been guaranteed over the next three years to explore the free-agent market.
Kendrick, a 32-year-old second baseman, earned $9.5 million this year. Anderson, a 27-year-old left-hander, made $12.4 million, including performance bonues.
All three players are believed to be looking for multiyear contracts.
Receiving a qualifying offer makes a player less attractive to other teams because any team that signs him has to forfeit its top draft pick. The exception is if that pick is in the top 10, in which case the team loses its next-highest selection.
The Dodgers can gain as many as three draft picks by this process.
If any of the three players who received qualifying offers signs with another team, the Dodgers would receive a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of the draft next year.
The players have to decide whether they will accept their qualifying offers by Nov. 13.
Even if they reject the offers, they can still negotiate new deals with the Dodgers.
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