Seven Dodgers become free agents a day after winning the World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Enrique Hernandez celebrates with trophy.Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Enrique Hernandez celebrates with trophy.
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Dodgers second baseman Kiké Hernández celebrates with the World Series trophy after Tuesday’s championship victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.  (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)

Major League Baseball’s business side doesn’t stop for anything — not even World Series celebrations.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Hours after the Dodgers won their first championship since 1988, the players’ union announced that 147 players, including seven Dodgers, were declared free agents Wednesday. More free-agents are expected to hit the market when options are declined and contracts are not tendered around the majors.» data-reactid=»24″>Hours after the Dodgers won their first championship since 1988, the players’ union announced that 147 players, including seven Dodgers, were declared free agents Wednesday. More free-agents are expected to hit the market when options are declined and contracts are not tendered around the majors.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Kiké Hernández, Alex Wood, Blake Treinen, Pedro Báez and Jake McGee are officially on the free-agent market.» data-reactid=»25″>Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Kiké Hernández, Alex Wood, Blake Treinen, Pedro Báez and Jake McGee are officially on the free-agent market.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Turner, 35, is a free agent after seven seasons with the Dodgers, which culminated with a bizarre twist in the team’s World Series Game 6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. MLB ordered that the third baseman be removed from the game in the seventh inning after a positive coronavirus test was confirmed. Turner left the dugout and missed the Dodgers’ trophy presentation but returned to the field to celebrate with the team.» data-reactid=»26″>Turner, 35, is a free agent after seven seasons with the Dodgers, which culminated with a bizarre twist in the team’s World Series Game 6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. MLB ordered that the third baseman be removed from the game in the seventh inning after a positive coronavirus test was confirmed. Turner left the dugout and missed the Dodgers’ trophy presentation but returned to the field to celebrate with the team.

The Dodgers signed Turner to a minor league contract before the 2014 season. Turner, a Southland native, emerged as a franchise cornerstone and clubhouse leader. He became a fan favorite and entrenched himself in the community. Turner signed a four-year, $64-million contract in December 2016.

In seven seasons, he batted. 302 with 116 home runs and an .886 on-base-plus-slugging percentage across 796 games. He made the All-Star team in 2017 and finished in the top 10 in most-valuable-player voting twice. His Dodgers career, however, may have ended in surreal controversy.

Pederson, who made $7.750 million in his last year of arbitration, is a free agent after the Dodgers nearly traded him to the Angels in February. He remained a Dodger when Angels owner Arte Moreno nixed the deal at the last second. Pederson struggled during the shortened season — he batted .190 with a .681 OPS — but delivered in the playoffs again. The outfielder hit .382 with two home runs and a .991 OPS in 37 plate appearances.

Like Pederson, Hernández has a knack for stepping up in October. The veteran utilityman belted three home runs in Game 5 of the 2017 National League Championship Series. This year, he batted .308 with two home runs in the NLCS after batting .230 during the regular season. He made $5.9 million in his last year of arbitration.

Pitchers Wood and Treinen are free agents again after signing one-year deals last winter.

Wood, who was paid $4 million this year, returned to the organization after spending 2019 with Cincinnati. A shoulder injury sabotaged his season — he spent five weeks on the injured list and returned as a reliever — but he contributed two perfect innings out of the bullpen in Tuesday’s title-clinching win.

Treinen, who was paid $10 million, was one of manager Dave Roberts’ most reliable relievers. He posted a 3.86 earned-run average in 27 games this season before recording scoreless outings in eight of 11 postseason appearances. He earned his first playoff save in Game 5 of the World Series.

Báez, who was paid $4 million in his last year of arbitration, is a free agent after compiling a 3.03 ERA in 356 innings and some heartache in seven seasons with the Dodgers. The 32-year-old right-hander has been one of Roberts’ most trusted relievers and was once again in the playoffs, though he gave up two home runs in the Dodgers’ Game 4 loss to the Rays.

McGee, a left-handed reliever whose three-year, $27-million deal expired, joined the club at the end of summer camp after he was released by Colorado. Throwing almost exclusively fastballs, he posted a 2.66 ERA in 24 games this season. He allowed one run in 2-2/3 innings across four postseason appearances. The Dodgers declined a $9-million team option for next year and the Rockies are responsible for paying him a $2-million buyout.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.» data-reactid=»40″>This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.