Well we are now in December, less than one week away from the Winter Meeting, and the Dodgers have Kevin Quackenbush and Adam McCreery. So, I guess the Dodgers are all set. Andrew & Co. addressed the bullpen, what else can anyone else want? I have been scouring the internet to catch word that the Dodgers pulled off a trade for JT Realmuto or Corey Kluber. Or if Andrew signed any big FA, medium FA, or even a lowly catcher FA. Nope – nothing yet? Well just in case, Friday was the tender or non-tender day, and as far as I can tell, there were nearly 40 players that were non-tendered. I believe the list below is a fairly comprehensive list, but I am sure that I have left a couple of well deserving players.
This has to be a magical time for Andrew Friedman. Look at all of the non-tendered relief pitchers. He and his computers are going to be working overtime to find someone who just might fit. He is probably sitting at his desk rubbing his hands together all the while saying Oh Boy, Oh Boy, oh Boy! On this list, James McCann, catcher, is someone who will draw some interest. He allowed 5 passed balls and threw out 36% of potential base stealers, as the primary catcher for the Tigers. However, he is a negative pitch framer which will diminish his value to Andrew. With CT3 and Kike’, along with Muncy, I cannot see why even Andrew would pick up any of the six infielders, who are really utility players and none that are at the level of anyone currently on the Dodgers roster. All six are ML infielders and should find another ML home. If any of these can be signed at the minor league level, that is certainly plausible. The only OF that interests me at all is Bubba Starling. He is a CF who is ML ready with his glove right now but has never hit. He is 26 years old and is a former 1st
round pick by KC (#5 overall). He was considered by many to be the #1 prospect in the MLB 2011 draft. He was also considered the #12 QB in the nation as a HS senior. He was hurt most of last year, and I can see him as a possibility. If Andrew can get him to sign a minor league contract with an invite to ML camp that would be something that I would be in favor. I have to believe that someone is going to take a chance on him and stick him on a ML roster. The Dodgers do not need any mid to low tier starting pitchers. Now for the relief pitchers (other than closer Jansen). Relief pitchers currently on the 40 man: Scott AlexanderPedro BaezJT ChargoisJosh FieldsDylan FloroYimi GarciaAdam McCreeryJosh Sborz Starters who are relieving: Yadier AlvarezCaleb FergusonDennis SantanaBrock StewartRoss StriplingAlex Wood Stewart is not going to be with the team. Adam McCreery and Yimi Garcia are potential DFA. Fields has an option. And a host of others could be traded as complimentary players. It is easy to see why Hunter Strickland could be desired for late inning relief. But I have heard he is not the greatest clubhouse presence, which I believe led to his being non-tendered. The player I would consider above the others looking for a magical bounce back year is Blake Parker. Parker was very good in 2017, and just so-so in 2018. He doesn’t throw hard, but he lost some velo from 2017. He may be someone to take a long look at. For LHRP, other than Tony Cingrani and Scott Alexander, who are as safe as anybody, Caleb Ferguson and Alex Wood are the only other LHP who may relieve. However, Caleb could be sent back to OKC to start, and Alex may be traded. Xavier Cedeno and Dan Jennings are two LHRP that I am sure Andrew will look at. He may even look at taking another shot at Luis Avilan. It has been suggested that with Farhan Zaidi now with SF that there might be less reluctance on SFG’s to making a trade with the “hated” Dodgers, at least for this year. One pundit has suggested Joc for LHRP Will Smith straight up as a trade that would help both teams. One SFG that I would have to consider is a player that I thought was ready to take off last year. He started off as hot as anyone in the game and then got hurt and was never really the same for the year. He went on the DL twice. He was a potential non-tender but signed a $3.45MM 1-year contract. He has one additional arbitration year. There, I will say it. Yes, I like Joe Panik. Not nearly as much as DJLM, but I do like Joe Panik. Maybe there is a program for me that I need to consider that someone can suggest. Just like Matt Duffy took off once he got healthy and left SF, I think Panik will do the same. It is just some silly conjecture while we all wait for whatever is going to happen…if anything at all.