Still, it wasn’t certain Anderson would accept the offer rather than seek a multiyear deal as a free agent.Now, Anderson gives the Dodgers three left-handed pitchers in their 2016 rotation, along with Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood. Hyun-Jin Ryu can make it four by returning healthy next season. He missed all of 2015 following shoulder labrum surgery, but is expected to be fully recovered in time for spring training.Anderson can seek his fortunes as a free agent a year from now, when the crop of free-agent starting pitchers will be comparatively weak. Washington Nationals pitcher Steven Strasburg is widely considered the best pitcher set to hit the market.Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus and Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters are the only other players who have accepted qualifying offers in the four years the qualifying offer has existed. Both players formally accepted their offers Friday.Manager search update Brett Anderson will return to the Dodgers in 2016 after the pitcher accepted a qualifying offer Friday. Anderson will receive a one-year contract worth $15.8 million guaranteed, the standard terms of this year’s qualifying offer.Second baseman Howie Kendrick and pitcher Zack Greinke were the only other players tendered a qualifying offer last Friday. Both elected free agency instead.Anderson, 27, went 10-9 with a 3.69 earned run average in a career-high 31 starts this year. The Dodgers signed Anderson to a base salary of $10 million last winter. He earned an additional $2.4 million in incentives.Due to a series of long-term injuries, Anderson averaged only 10 starts a year from 2010-14. The qualifying offer was widely viewed as a gamble on the Dodgers’ part that Anderson could remain healthy in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error According to a source, the Dodgers have whittled their list of candidates for their managerial vacancy to three. Multiple reports indicate that Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler, San Diego Padres bench coach Dave Roberts and former Padres manager Bud Black are still in the running for second interviews in the coming week.University of Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad was also among the final group of candidates until he withdrew his name Friday night.Speaking at a charity trivia contest at the Boys & Girls Club of Lincoln/Lancaster County, Erstad said he will remain in his current job, according to two people who attended the event and relayed the news via Twitter. Erstad’s wife, Jessica, is listed online as the club’s president.Erstad was the only finalist who had never coached professionally.Nine candidates are reported to have interviewed to replace Don Mattingly. Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach, third base coach Ron Roenicke, Mets bench coach Bob Geren, former Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez were the others. All would now appear to be out of the running.AlsoThe Dodgers will host approximately 300 pre-selected active-duty service members representing the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, along with veterans and their families, for batting practice at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The event is closed to the public.