On December 12th, the Los Angeles Dodgers tendered contracts to a trio of arbitration eligible players: Clayton Kershaw, Andre Ethier, and James Loney. However, they elected to not tender a contract to Hong Chih Kuo. The other two arbitration eligible players, Matt Kemp and Tony Gwynn Jr., were signed to extensions earlier.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, the projected arbitration salaries for the quartet were $10.7 million for Ethier, $8.4 million for Kershaw, $6.5 million for Loney, and $2.5 million for Kuo.
Ned Colletti made the right decision on all four, as Ethier, Kershaw, and Loney all project to be worth more than their arbitration numbers, and Kuo’s injury history and anxiety disorder are reason enough to not want to pay a premium.