Dodgers extend qualifying offers to Yasmani Grandal and Hyun-Jin Ryu

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first_imgIt’s the second year in a row the Dodgers have lost members of Dave Roberts’ coaching staff. The Yankees hired Dodgers bullpen coach Josh Bard to be their bench coach last season, while the Red Sox hired Tim Hyers to be their hitting coach. Hyers had been Turner Ward’s assistant hitting coach with the Dodgers for two seasons. Free agent infielder Manny Machado was not eligible for a qualifying offer because he was traded at midseason.Grandal, 29, made $7.9 million last season while hitting .241 with 24 home runs and an .815 OPS. Among the most productive catchers in the National League offensively, Grandal lost the starting job in the postseason each of the past two years while struggling offensively and defensively.Ryu, 31, signed a six-year, $36 million contract when he moved from Korean baseball to MLB in 2013. He missed most of two seasons while recovering from shoulder and elbow surgeries. This year, he made $7 million while going 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts.REPORTS: WOODWARD TO RANGERSDodgers third base coach Chris Woodward has been hired to be the next manager of the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports Friday night. Woodward, who spent three seasons in his role with the Dodgers, interviewed for the New York Yankees’ managerial position last season before they hired Aaron Boone. He was reportedly one of 11 candidates for the Rangers job.Woodward has never managed in the majors before, but he did manage New Zealand during the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He played 12 years in the majors and was the Seattle Mariners’ minor league infield coordinator in 2013 before becoming their infield coach in 2014. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers extended qualifying offers to free agents Yasmani Grandal and Hyun-Jin Ryu.If the offer is accepted, Grandal or Ryu would return for the 2019 season under a one-year, $17.9 million salary (a significant raise for either).If the offer is declined, Grandal or Ryu would become a free agent and could still negotiate with the Dodgers. But if either signs with another team, the Dodgers will receive a compensatory draft pick following the second round next year.Grandal and Ryu have 10 days to decide whether to accept or decline the qualifying offer.last_img

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