first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Five questions facing the Dodgers at GM Meetings:1. Who will manage the team in 2016?Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez will become the ninth candidate to enter the race. The other confirmed candidates: Gabe Kapler, Dave Roberts, Ron Roenicke, Tim Wallach, Bud Black, Bob Geren, Kirk Gibson and Darin Erstad.2. Which coaches will be retained? 5. If not Kendrick, then who?Friedman is familiar with free-agent second baseman Ben Zobrist from Tampa Bay. Zobrist is older, but also more versatile on defense than Kendrick. He could also be more willing to accept a short-term contract — maybe an ideal bridge to 21-year-old Jose Peraza.— J.P. Hoornstracenter_img First-base coach Davey Lopes already left for Washington, and none of the other coaches have contracts for 2016. That’s unlikely to change until a manager is hired, and that search could last until the Winter Meetings begin Dec. 7.3. Who will accept a qualifying offer?Pitcher Zack Greinke and second baseman Howie Kendrick will fetch larger deals on the open market than a one-year, $15.8 million contract. Brett Anderson might not, which makes his Friday deadline to accept the Dodgers’ qualifying offer an intriguing one.4. If not Greinke, then who?President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman dodged the question of whether he’ll need to sign an ace — like Greinke or David Price — or if he can rebuild the starting rotation around two or more mid-tier starters. The GM Meetings might help him formulate an answer.last_img

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