I was going to analyze the Dodger Bullpen today, but WOW, they have a lot of bullpen options…. so since I am not done, I will do that next week. I will not be surprised if Friedman adds another bullpen arm or two, but it’s very likley the Dodger bullpen could be great next season without any additions. The bigger question is: “What will happen at the Winter Meetings?” We may never know, becauseWhat Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!What we do know is that we are underwhelmed by what has happened to date.
This is where deals are done, free agents are signed and a variety of trades are made… or not! It’s hard to predict where this market will go. I do think that the best offer Bryce Harper will get was the one from the Nationals for $300 million. I would not pay him that and I am almost certain that Andrew Friedman will not pay him that. I still think he ends up back in The Swamp (D.C.)! I also think Machado is going to have difficulty breaking $200 million and even at that price, there’s no way I want him back!
Now that Eovaldi and Corbin have signed, there could be some interest in some of the Dodgers’ starting pitchers, like Wood, Stripling, Maeda or Hill. Out of about 100 Free Agents, only 15 have signed. There’s a lot of action that can happen… but will it be at the Winter Meetings? We shall see.
Even though the Dodgers have the best starting pitching staff in baseball, they could trade for Corey Kluber or Treavor Bauer – You can NEVER have enough pitching. However, if they acquire either one, I believe that two of the aforementioned Dodger starters will also be traded. Couldn’t the Phillies, Yankees, Braves, Orioles, et al use a Hill, Maeda, Wood or Stripling (I would not trade Stripling easily). We should also find out who wins the Yusei Kikuchi Sweepstakes soon. I have no idea of the Dodgers level of interest…
Las Vegas is probably a perfect place to have the Winter Meetings, especially the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino (hopefully there are no active shooters). The last Winter Meetings I attended was in Indy (which by the way, is now one of the Top 10 Convention Cities) . Here’s a link to Part 1 of a video I did of it (in case you have not already seen it): WINTER MEETINGS – INDY I do miss De Jon and Logan… but am thankful that Friedman is in charge. Andrew did try and retain Logan as he had a lot of respect for him.
I hear they are lined-up waiting to throw big dollars and a multitude of years to Yasmani Grandal… NOT! My. how far he has fallen! 1 year- $5 Million? What will Friedman do (WWFD)? We haven’t a clue!