Dodgers give Jansen, Turner qualifying offers

Dodgers give Jansen, Turner qualifying offers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers extended qualifying offers to free agents Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner on Monday, as expected.

The offers, set at $17.2 million, assure the Dodgers will receive draft-pick compensation if either player signs with another club with the signing team forfeiting a pick. Accepting the offer by the Nov. 14 deadline binds the player to the club for one season at that salary. That is considered highly unlikely for Jansen and Turner, though, as each is likely to receive a lucrative multi-year offer as free agents.

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The compensation pick could hinder Jansen's attractiveness on the market, as the other two top closers on the market, Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon, are not subject to qualifying offers and draft-pick compensation, because they were traded during the season.

Turner, who turns 32 later this month, is coming off a season that saw him hit .275/.339/.493 with 27 home runs and 90 RBIs in a career-high 151 games for Los Angeles. The third baseman, a finalist for a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, is a .282 career hitter over parts of eight seasons with the Orioles, Mets and Dodgers.

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Jansen, 29, posted an impressive 1.83 ERA with 47 saves and 104 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings in 2016, earning his first All-Star Game appearance. Jansen has a 2.20 career ERA in seven seasons, all with the Dodgers.

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Jansen made $10.65 million in 2016, while Turner received $5.1 million.

Last year, the Dodgers extended a $15.8 million qualifying offer to pitcher Brett Anderson, expecting him to also receive multi-year offers. Instead, Anderson accepted the qualifying offer, but he injured his back in Spring Training and missed most of the season after having surgery.

The Dodgers did not extend qualifying offers to their other applicable free agents -- Anderson, Joe Blanton, Jesse Chavez, J.P. Howell and Chase Utley. The qualifying offer does not apply to free agents Rich Hill or Josh Reddick because they were traded during the season.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.