The hot stove portion of the winter is well underway folks. Once again we’re hearing all kinds of rumors of the Dodgers being in on certain free agents and as usual nothing ever comes to fruition. The most hilarious connections are the links to Bryce Harper. There are still people, fans experts, and media members alike that still think the Dodgers are going to sign Bryce Harper. It’s so comical I have to laugh at it. If you really believe the Dodgers are going to sign Harper than you probably haven’t been paying attention to the Dodgers over the last four years or so.
MLBtraderumors has an interesting piece up about the Dodgers and their payroll. The Dodgers used to be big spenders in the free agent market until Andrew Friedman and his merry men of penny pinchers rode into town. Hey it’s cool, I’m not complaining too much here. After all the Dodgers have won consecutive National League pennants with this system, so obviously something works. But it’s still funny to me when people haven’t figured it out by now. Since Friedman took over the Dodgers have not given a free agent contract or extension deal over 48 million dollars to anyone, save for Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner, and Kenley Jansen. Those guys were already in Los Angeles.
No the Dodgers are not going to sign Bryce Harper. They’re probably not even going to sign a DJ LeMahieu or an Adam Ottavino, and those guys come relatively cheap. Friedman and his crew who are now without Farhan Zaidi do not participate in free agency. These are guys from small market towns that ran small market teams. They’re not used to running big market clubs with hundreds of millions of dollars available.
The Dodgers don’t need Harper, they just need to plug a couple of holes on the position player side. As I said earlier, the pitching staff looks strong and promising for 2019. The position player side has two glaring holes, three actually if you count the lack of a top of the order lead-off guy. Second base and catcher need to be addressed immediately. The Dodgers also need a hitting coach, oh and also a new general manager. Eventually Friedman will get around to it at some point when he gets off the golf course.
The Dodgers did extend Clayton Kershaw to a three-year 93-million dollar contract. They resigned David Freese, and then offered qualifying offers to Hyun-jin Ryu and catcher Yasmani Grandal. Ryu accepted, while Grandal declined. Ryu will pitch next season for the Dodgers on a 17.9 million dollar deal. Grandal is an unrestricted free agent. If he signs with another club, the Dodgers will receive a compensatory draft pick. Otherwise that’s all the Dodgers have done so far.
For the record I would like to see the club pick up another impact bat. Someone like an AJ Pollack would probably do just fine. Although Pollack does come with some risk. He gets hurt a lot. Then again he would fit right in with the rest of the walking wounded on the Dodger roster.
The Dodgers have money to spend though. This is the Dodgers here, one of the richest franchises in baseball. If the Dodgers want a player, they’ll get him believe that. Let’s just stop fooling ourselves here. The Dodgers are not signing Bryce Harper. So let’s stop believing the nonsense.