The Los Angeles Dodgers are known as the team who don’t go after the big free agents during the winter meetings. The last time they did make a big splash was in the 2014 winter meetings when they acquired pitchers Joel Peralta, Adam Liberatore, Mike Bolsinger, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, Andre Heaney, and Juan Nicasio. As well as catcher Austin Barnes and utility player Enrique Hernandez. But it didn’t stop there they also received Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal. That was their last big splash during the winter meetings and this year winter meetings have been not so much.
Blake Treinen Acquisition
This offseason the Los Angeles Dodgers signed right-hander Blake Treinen to a one year $10 million deal. Which he had a bit of rough 2019 season putting up a 4.91 ERA due to injury in his right shoulder. Hopefully, Blake can return to his 2018 elite form putting up 0.78 ERA with a 9-2 record and 38 saves. This would act as a great bullpen piece for the Los Angeles Dodgers as a reliever pitcher or closer. Since the Dodgers all-star closer, Kenley Jansen as been struggling after the 2017 season.
Big Free Agents Strikeouts
The Dodgers tried to acquire top free agent Gerrit Cole by offering him 8 years $300 million. However, they got outbid by the Yankees who offered Cole 9 years $324 million. After getting shut down by Cole they shifted their attention to 3-time world series champion Madison Bumgarner, which came to quite a surprise due to the Giants/Dodgers rivalry. However, it was the same outcome when he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for 5 years $85 million. So, then there were rumors that the Dodgers where pursing 3B Anthony Rendon. Surprisingly, the Dodgers did not make an offer according to Jorge Castillo.
Not only because he signed with the Angels for 7 years $245 million, but by the statement, he said according to Mike DiGiovanna.
According to Joel Sherman, the Dodgers have been “aggressive” on acquiring Dellin Betances. They have also been rumored to be trying to trade for all-star shortstop Fransico Lindor and possible right-handed starter Mike Clevinger. However, the Indians want some top prospects from the Dodgers which include Gavin Lux and Dustin May. As of right now, there has been no news. Also, they are still in the mix with former MVP Josh Dondalson accord to Ken Rosenthal.
The Dodgers do not need any more offensive. They already have enough great offensive players coming from MVP Cody Bellinger who hit 47 home runs, 115 RBI’s with a 305 BA. Also, they have the lefty-handed power of Max Muncy who hit 35 home runs with 98 RBI’s. last season Even with Joc Pederson who finished 2019 with 36 home runs and 74 RBI’s. Also not to forget Justin Turner with 27 home runs and 67 RBI’s. So, they have a great offense up and down. The Dodgers need lies in their pitching
They should re-sign CY Young runner up, Hyun-jin Ryu and free agent Dellin Betances. Also, if the trade pieces are right to go after Josh Hader. As well as re-signing left-hander Rich Hill. There is still time for the Dodgers to make some great acquisitions. Will the Dodgers front office pull the trigger and make the deals?
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