The offseason has officially begun. The Dodgers will try and strive for a fifth straight playoff appearance and hopefully get to the World Series. This offseason should prove if the front office has that idea. You have to figure that the Chicago Cubs will be a team in the way for the Dodgers to get out of the National League.
Three major concerns for the Dodgers are free agents such as Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, and Rich Hill. The Dodgers will most likely remake the bullpen since Joe Blanton is a free agent. I figure they need at least another starting pitcher especially if Hill leaves. If hill stays, it be a great strategy to add another starter via trade or a signing to have more depth.
When I say depth I don’t mean pitchers with an injury history. You also need to think that youngsters like Julio Urias, and Jose De Leon might not be ready. I also feel the Dodgers need another bat to hit against left handed pitching. I feel these current Dodgers can be offered as trade bait. Howie Kendrick, Kike Hernandez, Trayce Thompson, Yasiel Puig, Scott Kazmir, and Brandon McCarthy.
Of course we know all teams are going to ask for the Dodgers prospects such as Willie Calhoun, Alex Verdugo, Cody Bellinger etc.. The big elephant in the room is what to do with Turner and Jansen. I feel the Dodgers should retain both of these guys. The Dodgers are going to have to pony up the money or prospects.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 8, 2016
The Dodgers already had a chance to get Chapman and didn’t pull the trigger. I would rather have a known commodity as in Jansen. But I guess you couldn’t go wrong with either. As far as Turner, the Dodgers need to resign him at all costs. I’ve heard rumors about going after Evan Longoria but Longoria will cost prospects. At all costs we can’t let Jansen and Turner go to the Giants who will also look to sign both players.
— Dodger Blue (@DodgerBlue1958) November 8, 2016
I also feel the Dodgers should sign Rich Hill. Then they could go after a big fish such as Chris Sale or Chris Archer. They could also go after Ivan Nova if that doesn’t pan out. Of course the big move the Dodgers need to make is either signing Yoenis Cespedes or trading for Ryan Braun. The other option out there is Ian Kinsler, and JD Martinez of the Detroit Tigers. The only move that wouldn’t require prospects is signing Rich Hill, Yoenis Cespedes, and signing Ivan Nova.
Of course the Dodgers have to resign Turner and Jansen. Then they could use spare parts to trade for bullpen help or another infielder. This way you can still keep all your prospects. I know the Dodgers want to keep the payroll down. The World Series is there for the taking. The Dodgers have to decide to pony up money or prospects. We are in a time where the Dodgers are successful. Keep the momentum going. I want to see this front office make some big moves.
I know their philosophy is to maintain the present and build for the future while cutting cost. The Dodgers need to make moves to win and not stand pat. So with my way you can keep all the prospects, get rid of dead weight, build a winner, but you will have to pony up some money. You still also have the all-star break to make any other moves. Let me know what you all think.