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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.


As Expected Dodgers Non-Tender Kuo

The Dodgers have announced that they will not offer Hong-Chih Kuo a contact this winter. Kuo was expected to make at least $2MM in 2012. After five elbow surgeries and an anxiety disorder the Dodgers decided they are better off without the once dominant lefty. Hard to argue. I fully expect that Scott Elbert will take over as the primary lefty out of the 'pen this season.

In case you missed it, James Loney might be in some trouble

Within the very archives of this blog, you’ll see where I touted James Loney as a future batting title winner. I don’t know if I’m going to end up accurate on that one. Huge hat tip to my buddy Franco over at Next Level Ballplayer for this one. Loney, 27, was arrested Nov. 14 after hitting a Toyota, Mercedes and Mini around 6 p.m. According to the report, when officers arrived...

#42: Is Andre Ethier a 30/100 player?

I have a lot of work to do today — compile offseason rankings, work on some Excel files, do some minor back-end site upkeep — so I don’t have much time for an intro. I’ve spent too much time rambling already! Question 42 in our top 100 offseason questions asks us “Will Andre Ethier be the 30/100 player he was in 2009?” Ethier is a talented hitter, but if he’s going...

The Los Angeles Dodgers non tender Hong-Chih Kuo

The Dodgers have decided not to tender a contract for the 2012 season to 30-year old lefty reliever Hong-Chih Kuo, making him a free agent. Kuo was awful last year for the Dodgers. He pitched in 40 games (0 starts) for the Dodgers last year and he was 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. Kuo pitched in 218 games (14 starts) in his seven years with the Dodgers and he was 13-17...

Mets Offseason Targets: LHP Hong-Chinh Kuo

I had a chance to check out all the players that were recently non tendered on Tuesday night and came up with a list of players that would seem like good potential targets for the Mets as the offseason wears on. Of course none of these players come without flaws or they wouldn’t have been non-tendered to begin with, but I spotted a few that could fill certain roles for the Mets...

Rumors Surface As Dodgers Prepare For Non-Tender Deadline

It never fails, I take a couple days off and rumors start swirling. So the non-tender deadline is tomorrow, Ned Colletti and his front office has some tough decisions to make as they decide whether to tender contracts to James Loney, Hong-Chih Kuo, Tony Gwynn Jr., and a couple all-stars, there are some rumors that we need to dig into. Jon Weisman is reporting that the...

Colletti Working On Kuo, MacDougal For 2012

Dylan Hernandez has a couple of updates for us this evening. Hernandez says that the Dodgers are done shopping for position players and are now looking to fix up the bullpen, brace yourselves folks. Colletti is still working on putting Mike MacDougal back in the Dodgers 2012 bullpen. Yeah, yeah we have known this for weeks. It's inevitable, I am actually not sure why it&...

Car wreck aside, Dodgers tender contract to James Loney

First baseman, who could face criminal charges for his role in a multi-car accident in November, is arbitration-eligible along with Clayton Kershaw and Andre Ethier, who also are tendered contracts.James Loney could face criminal charges for his involvement in a multi-car accident on the 101 Freeway last month, but the Dodgers still tendered him a contract Monday night for the 2012 season.

Gwynn awaits fate as tender deadline nears

The Dodgers are still expected to tender a contract on Monday to first baseman James Loney despite his brush with the law last month, but the futures of reliever Hong-Chih Kuo and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. with the club are less certain.

Saunders, Kuo and Scott become free agents

NEW YORK (AP) - Former All-Star pitchers Joe Saunders and Hong-Chih Kuo, and Baltimore outfielder Luke Scott became free agents Tuesday after their teams declined to offer 2012 contracts.Atlanta reliever Peter Moylan and St. Louis infielder Ryan Theriot also were among the 30 players set free when their teams failed ...

Saunders, Kuo, Scott join ranks of MLB free agents

Former All-Star pitchers Joe Saunders and Hong-Chih Kuo, and Baltimore outfielder Luke Scott became free agents Tuesday after their teams declined to offer 2012 contracts.

Angels Sign Kendrys Morales, $3M/1 Year, Other Transactions

Per the Times, the Angels signed Kendrys Morales to a $3M/1 year deal. The Brewers have signed former Cub Aramis Ramirez worth $36M over three years with a fourth year mutual option. The Cards re-signed Rafael Furcal to a one year deal worth $14M. The Dodgers non-tendered Hong-Chih Kuo, though the team is interested in re-signing him. The Dodgers did tender contracts to Andre Ethier...
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