Craig Calcaterra

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Black, Erstad, Kapler and Roberts are finalists for the Dodgers manager job


Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that the Dodgers have narrowed their extensive candidate list for their vacant manager job. Now there are four: Bud Black, Darrin Erstad, Gabe Kapler and Dave Roberts.

Bowden says that Kapler remains the front runner but that Erstad had a “strong interview.” Two weeks ago Bill Plaschke reported that Roberts may be a favorite of ownership. Bowden says today, however, that President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman will make a final recommendation to ownership.

Ian Desmond rejects the Nationals’ qualifying offer

Ian Desmond

Bill Ladson of reports that shortstop Ian Desmond has rejected the Nationals’ qualifying offer of $15.8 million. He’ll now hit the market with an unprotected draft pick attached to him and owing to the Nationals from whoever signs him.

Desmond is not coming off a good year, having hit .233/.290/.334 with 19 homers in 641 plate appearances. But that durability — he has played at least 154 games in five of his last six seasons — and the fact that the shortstop market is very thin these days means that he should get some offers for multi-year deals. It’s doubtful he’ll get anything approaching $15.8 million a year on those offers, but he’s definitely in a “maximize security, not salary” stage of his career, all things considered.

Correction: Ian Kennedy rejects $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Padres

Ian Kennedy

UPDATE: Um, well this is embarrassing. I wrote this post based on a Ken Rosenthal tweet that I swear said Ian Kennedy was accepting the qualifying offer. It’s not there now so either I just totally misread it or else the tweet was deleted, but now it’s clear: Ian Kennedy is rejecting the Padres’ qualifying offer.

Kennedy is coming off of a rough season in which he finished with a 4.28 ERA across 30 starts. He earned $9.85 million for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility. A contract for $15.8 million would be a nice bump, but apparently he and his agent decided to test the market.


Apologies for the bad post. Happens sometimes when you fire before you aim.