Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig (probably) do the obvious

In news that floored everybody, Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner rejected the qualifying offers of $17.2 million to play 2017 with the Dodgers.


But seriously, this was always a foregone conclusion since both figure to sign for four years or more and for $70 million or more, and the offer was just to ensure that the Dodgers would get compensation in the form of draft picks should one or both not re-sign with the team.

I wasn’t even gonna post about it, and Dustin told me not to, but we needed #Content.


In other news that’s more significant, Yasiel Puig declined to use the clause in his contract that would allow him to opt into arbitration this year.

That means Puig will make $6.5 million in 2017 and $7.5 million in 2018 before hitting arbitration for one year in 2019 and then reaching free agency in 2020.

After his emergence in 2013-14 in which he had a .888 OPS (151 OPS+), finished second in NL Rookie Of The Year voting, and made an NL All-Star team, it seemed obvious that he would opt into arbitration. However, two injury-plagued seasons in 2015-16 in which he had a .748 OPS (105 OPS+) made betting on himself in arbitration a far more risky proposition.

While Puig would almost certainly make less money in 2017 in arbitration, a recovery of his old form in 2017 could lead to him making more in 2018 to compensate for that. As mentioned, though, it would be a risky bet on himself for likely marginal return, so taking the $14 million guaranteed seems like a rational choice here.

Whether he’ll be making that money with the Dodgers or not remains the question.


Most importantly, given that Dustin wrote about J.D. Martinez yesterday, I can only make him take responsibility for this.

Way to go, buddy.

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