Decision Time: Barring a trade, a staff hiring or any other unusual event (MLB frowns on these things during the WS). Extending qualifying offers to players should be next on the list, coming within the first 4 days following the end of the WS. Here are the guidelines explaining such moves.
Speculation has it that 3 players with the 2014 Dodgers will have the opportunity to choose their path to free agency or remain with the ball-club under a one year $15.8 million contract (Zack Grienke – Howie Kendrick and Brett Anderson). In the 3 years that this system has been implemented not one player has accepted the offer extended by their former club and all have chosen to go the free agent route. Greinke is a given and will most likely reject the offer, same probably goes for Kendrick. Brett Anderson on the other hand stands a good chance (in my opinion, as well as from others) to become the first MLB player to accept a clubs qualifying offer. Factoring in his history of injuries and the rather high monetary price, plus a draft pick, he may have a difficult time finding a lucrative offer without waiting beyond the June amateur draft.
( I’m guessing he becomes the first player in MLB history to accept the offer? What do you think?)
Other MLB players who may receive a qualifying offer from their 2014 ball-club. http://www.mlbdailydish.com/2015/10/18/9563977/impending-free-agents-qualifying-offers-offseason-moves
(Anyone here on your radar?)
Other speculative news: It has been reported that the Dodgers are negotiating with long-time pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. It has also been reported that Mattingly would like to see Honeycutt and Wallach follow him to Florida.
( I’m fine with keeping Honeycutt. I think he does a solid job when afforded the chance. What are your thoughts here as well?)
More on the speculative news front: There have been several recent reports that former Angel and current Nebraska Cornhusker manager, Darin Erstad, will be interviewed by the Dodgers front office for what I would assume is the opening managers spot. I’ve done a small amount of reading on this subject and have seen pros and cons mentioned for hiring Erstad. I have also seen a speculative report from someone supposedly inside his circle of friends, saying that he would have to be bowled over by an offer to accept?
(This is definitely coming from outside of the box, as I doubt anyone seen this coming? I liked his style of play with the Halos. I’m skeptical as to how well he would fit in? I could probably say that about every potential hire with this front office though. Again! Your thoughts here?)
No speculation needed: The WS has moved to Citi Field for games 3-4-5 and the Mets have closed the gap a tad by taking game 3. This blogs seemingly favored Royals still hold a slight edge with a 2 wins to 1 win advantage.
Update: Royals 3 – Mets 1
(Game 5 coming up)