The hot stove has started and predictably the Dodgers are in on every rumor under the sun. We all know that Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner are free agents. I feel with each passing day another team can get in there and take them away just like with Zack Greinke. Baseball can be a fluid sport and next season a new team could rise up. The Cleveland Indians rose up this season.
The Dodgers window to win maybe closing. Now is not the time to stand pat and let free agents go. When you have a season in which you were two games away from the World Series. You have to follow that up and make the necessary moves to get over the hump. Nothing is guaranteed and next season can be a whole different story. We can’t rely on depth of injured pitchers to get us through next season.
A couple of things are going on currently. The arbitration process is one and these are the current players in that process:
Yasmani Grandal (4.115) – $5.3MM Louis Coleman (4.018) – $1.5MM Luis Avilan (3.146) – $1.5MM Scott Van Slyke (3.151) – $1.3MM Chris Hatcher (3.146) – $1.4MM Alex Wood (3.123) – $2.0MM Josh Fields (3.092) – $1.2MM Vidal Nuno (3.015) – $1.1MM
So we will see what the Dodgers do with this. The Rule 5 draft is also coming. Players become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if they were:
- Signed at age 19 or older and have been in the organization for four years.
- Signed at age 18 or younger and have been in the organization for five years.
These players are eligible for the rule 5 draft.
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Who would you want to protect in this group? The CBA is set to expire December 1st. If an agreement isn’t reached, then we could be on our way to a lockout. This is probably why the hot stove hasn’t heated up. Though all sides involved in the CBA feel an agreement will be reached. One of the things to look out for is improving the pace of play. What do you think can be done?
I feel an agreement will be reached before the winter meetings which begin on December 4th. Then you will see players get signed and trades commence. Things will get exciting. Beyond resigning Turner and Jansen and maybe Rich Hill. Who do you think the Dodgers should go after and trade for? I can’t wait till it starts.